[Day 1]Makerparty Chennai-Train the Trainer event

13th September, 2014-Train the Trainer event.

I woke up early in the morning at around 5 am! Partially due to the fear of something going wrong at the event and also due to the excitement. I remember lying down on the bed the previous night and on 13th morning I wake up noticing that I’ve got a laptop near my bed with the Makerparty slides just under construction! I somehow managed to complete it before we started to MIT. We had a lot of swags and banners, so we had to go in a cab, in which it was easy to manage and work on the slides final design.

As soon as we reached MIT, we had the organizations coming in one after the other. As soon as everyone reached, we started the session.

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I started the session with an introduction about Mozilla, Webmaker and Hive.

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I then told them about the Hive events in the past, including the one that happened last week in Pune.

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Below given is the presentation that I’ve used.

Once this was done, the station super mentors were requested to come to the stage and give a brief about their station to the volunteers so that those interested in helping the particular station, may do so.

This was started by Jeyanthan and Muthu from Google Developers Group, Chennai. Jey told us about the GDG stations and talks like App Inventor, Google glass, Google Cardboad and Material design.

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Muthu told us about Android Wear and smart watch.

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After this, we had Mr.Pavanaja, from CIS to talk about contributing to Wikipedia. He told us about the importance of language and the reasons why we should spread the awareness about it to sustain cultural and linguistic diversity.

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This was followed by a session on Game Design and development by Cerlyn, Arun and Varun. They told us that the game design station would be split into three phases- Concept, Design and Code, where the attendees could give suggestions for a game and at the end of the day they would choose one game idea and develop it into a game and give credits to the person.

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Next we had Achyuth and Shashank taking care of the Webmaker station for Mozilla. They gave us insights on the different tools in Webmaker and the importance of Web literacy.

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After this, we had Nikil, from the Appmaker station by Mozilla, on the stage. He was also handling Firefox OS with many devices to display.

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We then had Greema, from the Vibrant Hue station, to talk about the Art station. She told us a lot about the significance of colours by pointing out the designs and patterns on our dress.

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Next, we had Damini, Satya and Jerald from the FSA station for Mozilla. The FSA station was an experimental station that we came up with, in order to follow up with the participants who would be interested in contributing to Mozilla after the Makerparty.
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Then we had Surendranath Reddy from Redd robotics, to brief us about the hardware stations like 3D printing, Arduino, Augmented Reality, MindBot etc.

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We then heard from the Null community on how you can stay safe on the internet, about user privacy, hacking, malwares and network protocols.

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Lastly, we had Himanshu, telling us about his Chain reaction station, which was based on Goldbergs machine used for printing.

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After all the sessions were done, we had volunteers pick the stations they are interested in. We then had lunch.

Post lunch, we had breakout sessions where these volunteers interacted with their station super mentors to discuss their plan of action for the next day.

Wikimedians busy editing the wiki and making it better for us:

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Null hackers and security enthusiasts hacking their way:

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Game designers developing games:

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Our awesome Google Developers community discussing on how they can plan for their sessions:
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The Chain reaction team were quick to start work with their volunteers as soon as the talking was done.
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All the teams were done with their discussions and everyone dispersed. The organizers and the Chain reaction team stood back to set things at the venue and to decorate it. The stalls were set up and the chain reaction machine was tested to perfection despite flaws.

Tired, exhausted, sleepy-everyone went back with much hopes and expectations for the big day!

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