Firefox Clubs and Mozilla Clubs

Last month, the Mozilla Learning Networks team met at the Work Week in Whistler. Lots of things were discussed and I was fortunate enough to be a part of most of them. I, as a Regional Coordinator for Mozilla Clubs, have been conducting various calls with potential club captains to provide more understanding on the direction we’re heading to. It was announced that Maker Party is taking a new turn and how it is different from the previous year(https://blog.webmaker.org/maker-party-2015-the-evolution-of-a-year-long-party). India is a country that has one of the largest Mozilla Communities in the entire world. We’re also proud to have an equally large number of Firefox Student Ambassadors. I would say that the FSA program is one of the pillars of Mozilla since I started contributing to Mozilla as an FSA. It has a wonderful structure that is fast adapting with the ever growing number of contributors, thanks to TJ her team of executive board members+RAL’s. From various discussions that we had in India with FSA’s who were contributing to the Webmaker project, we got to know that they had a lot of questions. Here are some of the questions that they had in mind:

  • What are Mozilla Clubs?
  • How is it different from Firefox Clubs?
  • Does this mean that we are splitting Firefox Clubs according to products/projects? Ex. Webmaker, Firefox OS, Localization etc. has their own clubs?
  • Is Webmaker all about the app now?
  • What’s new with Maker Party this year?

We had a detailed discussion regarding this and we would like to provide more clarity on each of these questions that FSA’s have in mind.

What are Mozilla Clubs? A Mozilla Club is a group of learners who together meet regularly to learn how to read, write and participate on the Web in a participatory way by making projects they care about, supported by a shared set of curricula. Mozilla Clubs is a program to teach digital skills and web literacy. It focuses on regular, in-person learning tailored to the needs and opportunities of local communities. It harnesses the Web as a unique public resource to learn and grow.

How is it different from FSA Clubs? 20150626_133158 Mozilla Clubs are focused on spreading the mission of *Universal Web Literacy. Unlike FSA clubs, they are not restricted to students. Essentially, students who are a part of Firefox Clubs are already Web literate. They could start individual clubs in their regional communities or help mentor a regional community to start/facilitate/run a Mozilla Club that benefits learners who want to learn these skills. Mozilla Clubs could be started by anyone who has the time, commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to help teach the web. He/she could be a student, a teacher, a software engineer, a freelancer – basically anyone who has the willingness and passion to start and sustain a club.

Does this mean that we are splitting Firefox Clubs according to products/projects? Ex. Webmaker, Firefox OS, Localization etc. has their own club?

Let’s take an example. As a Firefox club, you might be conducting one event every week. Week 1: Web Literacy Week 2: Firefox OS Week 3: Localization Week 4: Bug fixing We do not ask you to set up a separate Mozilla Club, but utilize your Web Literacy week to teach Web skills(Refer Web literacy Map) to people who lack that. For this, you could either use the resources and curriculum given by Mozilla or create your own ones for the community to use. Apart from this, you could also incorporate the framework of reading, writing and participating across other events as well. Example:You could help articulate how Localization and bug fixing are “participation” and important as open practices. This is also the same with like minded organizations. An existing organization might be having resources and conducting meetups to teach the web. They could associate with Mozilla in order to reach a wider audience. Mozilla Clubs does not aim to strip the identity of an organization or a group. We aim to provide a structure and resources to an existing club so that they could benefit from the same.

TL:DR: A Mozilla Club is a package consisting of structure and resources that help to teach the web. You are free to use it under the name of a Mozilla Club or any other identity. It’s the end goal of teaching people how to read, write and participate on the Web that matters.

Is Webmaker all about the app now?

Previously, we used Webmaker to refer to the tools, content and community. Moving forward, though, Webmaker is a reference to the new app, where teaching content and community of those that want to teach web literacy skills fit within the Mozilla Learning initiatives.

Mozilla Learning has the Webmaker app that helps people have their first hands on experience at creating the web with ease using a mobile phone. Please bear in mind that mobile app is still in Beta, available currently on Android phones, and new features would soon be available, including the ability to access it on desktop. You can read more about the plans for the Webmaker app, as well as X-Ray Goggles and Thimble here.

TL;DR: Thimble is being improved, X Ray Goggles will continue to exist and the Webmaker app is added. Popcornmaker and Appmaker won’t be available in their current form, however, the LEGO like building functionality will always remain to be the core behind new tools.

What’s new with Maker Party this year?

If you’ve seen the info graphics last year, India played a crucial role last year which is pretty evident from the number of Maker Party events conducted. We’ve spent a huge amount of resource,money and hours in doing events all around the world. It was amazing to see the number of people who’ve attended these events. However, these events were one time events. This year, we aim to empower regional level participation and learning communities. This means that although the campaign is for 2 weeks, we would be conducting learning/teaching events throughout the year. It’s not a one time event with huge number of learning stations but a year long event with the focus on regional level activities.This blogpost would help you understand how Maker Party might spark longer-term engagement through Clubs:https://blog.webmaker.org/maker-party-is-right-around-the-corner-july-15-july-31 Feel free to write to me or anyone else in the MLN team if you’re an FSA and you have more questions relating to FSA and Mozilla Clubs.

*Universal Web Literacy

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Webmaker at Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

Having reached Bangalore on 30th (March) morning from Kannur, I must say that sleep was something that I yearned. But no! The mind and body wanted two different things, so the body finally compromised with coffee. Got to the office at around 10:30 am to notice that there was no one inside. Opened it myself and started working on the slides for the event(yes, just few hours before the event because that’s the way I roll). As I was preparing the slides, I dropped a text asking Sagar and Sam (the super hero event organizers) what time I should be starting  from my office. I also had another Mozillian co-speaker, Shivika, who was supposed to reach on the venue since she was co-presenting. Status check with her and I figured that she already boarded the train.

The traffic sure decided to mess things but having taken their advice, I was wise enough to leave early just to reach there by 1:30 PM. Sagar accompanied me inside the venue and showed me around the college. Felt good to be back to college(like a real college COLLEGE). Little later, Shivika had arrived and we soon started off with the sessions.

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Kicking off with an introduction Mozilla, the manifesto and why we volunteer for Mozilla. This was followed by an interactive spectrogram(Hell yeah, because I love doing that).
Protip: Post lunch sessions are difficult for students. They tend to fall asleep even if the topic if really interesting and it’s upto the speaker to capture their interest.
Disclaimer: I can go to any extent to prevent you from falling asleep during a session that’s scheduled post lunch.

Talking about why I contribute to Mozilla and specifically to the Webmaker project was something that I loved doing(and hope the students liked it too, atleast they pretended to have :D). I contribute to Webmaker to #Teachtheweb because I believe that not everyone has the “luxury” to know how the web works. I believe this should be considered as a necessity, and not Luxury! Create more clubs in regions in your reach. Let the movement spread across the city, country and world. Empower regional leaders and create an impact which is evident to the educators, who in turn shape the curriculum for the future. Push them to feel that Web literacy should be a part of the educational curriculum in the country.

If you’re looking to read more about the event in detail, I’d save myself the pains of taking it from deep inside my highly unorganized memory(that’s what happens when you blog 3 months post the event date) and link you to two awesome blogposts.

  • Shivika, my co-speaker, blogged about her experience of the event. You can read it here.
  • Sam, one of the organizers wrote about the event here.

Photo with my co speaker and the event organizers

#MozLove to the wonderful organizers Sagar & Sam for the hospitality at DSCE and to Shivika for giving that wonderful talk on WoMoz, challenges faced by women in tech and how to contribute to Mozilla.

 

[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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Webmaker Super Mentor

I started my contribution towards Mozilla by getting involved with the Webmaker project.
I still remember, being the club lead of Sathyabama Firefox Club, our very first event was a small little Makerparty. I subscribed to all the mailing lists and IRC as well to chat and get my ideas about Webmaker clear. I explained all about the 3 super awesome tools back then- the Thimble, X Ray goggles and Popcornmaker.
Here is something that I made with popcorn:
I still remember the reaction of my team after knowing how easy it was to create a video when compared to Adobe Flash, or event M$ Movie Maker. We had a lot of fun hacking memes available on the Webmaker website.

Later on, I started attending the teachtheweb calls on Thursday. I got to know a lot of people, webmakers from all over the world. I must also admit that this would be my very first interaction with people all over the world simultaneously.
It was then that I got to know about Webmaker Mentors. Meanwhile, we conducted a lot of Webmaker events and I too was a Webmaker Mentor.
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Webmaker grew to be my most favourite project when contributing to Mozilla that I started advising all the newbies to start by contributing to Webmaker. We set up Booths in different colleges and were evangelizing on Mozila. It was a really different experience to explain Webmaker to a moving crowd and getting their feedback on various products and their interests in contributing to Webmaker and Mozilla at large. We had such a lot of feedback by the end of it.

It was after this that we came up with the initiative called KidZilla that aims at teaching school kids about Webmaking, coding basics, Web privacy etc. I was randomly asking community feedback on IRC one day when Laura told me about Emma Irwin, who initiated Webmaker Clubs. We later chatted to discover more super awesome possibilities of collaborating.
It was awesome!

Recently, after working with Kat, we prepared a teaching kit for KidZilla as well. Here is the link: https://dunebuggie.makes.org/thimble/LTE5MzM3MDUyMTY=/kidzilla-teaching-kit
KidZilla activities are always fun since you can never expect anything when it comes to kids.

My first event under Mozilla India would be the Hive Makerparty Pop up in Vizag. I was really happy to have been invited as one of the Super Mentors. It was then that I actually felt that I’ve contributed something to the community and having this automatically puts a lot of responsibility on me. I felt proud of myself!

It was an event where we not only worked a lot and helped the attendees, we also had a Train the trainer event where I was fortunate enough to interact with a lot of students.
After the Hive event, we had a series of Makerparties in Sathyabama University.
The series started with a WoMoz makerparty organized by Damini.

We had around 100 girls from Computer Science and IT department with a lot of super awesome makes! Women in Technology was a centralized topic.

After the WoMoz Makerparty which were restricted to the girls, we had a lot of request from the boys to conduct an event. After repeated requests made to the staffs, we were told to do a makerparty only for the guys! And we named it the BroMoz makerparty! Although the event was restricted to 60 students, we had around 100 makes from the event!

During the Thursday TTW calls, there were discussion by Doug Belshaw on Web Literacy and the web literacy mapper. It was really nice to get the community thoughts on Web literacy and why they think its important. Web literacy Mapper was one of the greatest online resources with so much potential and I was so happy to have contributed by mapping many websites.
I was also a part of the Webmaker Super mentor discussion which included the criteria that define and distinguishes a mentor from a Super mentor, the benefits the super mentors shall have as well the badge design for the Super mentors.
During the Community India meetup, the Webmaker Taskforce were busy on how to promote makerparty and answering queries of the Mentors. We decided to focus more on Web literacy, Appmaker and Privacy and Security perspective of Webmaker rather than just Thimble, Popcorn and X ray goggles. We also discussed about the Collaborate function and hacking together is really fun!

Recently, at the MozCamp Beta in Bangalore, I was lucky enough to meet Bobby, Amira and Michelle from the Webmaker team. Interacting with people you’ve only mailed or chatted on IRC is always amazing!
We had a breakout session and lots of interactive stuff!

I also showcased my Popcorn video featuring Mozillians from 19 states in India, at the MozCamp. Here is the link:
https://dunebuggie.makes.org/popcorn/24hg
Having initiated a Firefox Club in my university last year, today I am a proud Mozilla Rep who has two Webmaker Super Mentors from my club:

  • Shashank Gaikaiwari: Shashank is an awesome webmaker and an active localizer who is really enthusiastic about making teaching kits that he has even made a super awesome kit for the Super mentor application too!
  • Achyuth KP: Achyuth is a frequent participant at the Webmaker geekouts and does some super amazing makes like this one here. You can read more about him here.

Something I learnt while contributing to Webmaker: If something doesn’t work, File a bug!
And that’s just what I did. Here are my bugs that I filed for Webmaker:
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Contributing to webmaker is really rewarding. Which reminds me-I do have a neat little backpack of webmaker badges too. 😀
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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/

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/

Mozilla India Community Meet up

Mozilla India Community Meet!!This was the stuff going on in my head since a long time after I got the invite. On 2nd of April I started off from home sweet home, Kannur, Kerala to Chennai.

Though every single time, when I sit in the railway station and see the train coming to take me from Kannur to Chennai, I always have second thoughts of running back home. But this time, it was very different. The very thought of meeting many Mozillians and having an awesome time, got be running inside the train with joy!

I reached Chennai at around 6 am in the morning, came home, freshened up and got a call from Damini, “Do I have to take anything specifically?” , Nah, not required.
Fastforwarding the other parts, I reached the station, met a friend of mine who lives near Chennai Central, went to the compartment. After a while Naresh reached. Damini also reached soon.

We started discussing random stuff and having fun on the way. Stories about each other, to events we’ve conducted to random facts like “Did you know that the eye sight of people does not really change after 21 years”. Not mentioning the person who said that 😛

We reached Secunderabad in the morning after a fun filled journey. Soon enough we reached The Park Hotel.

On reaching the hotel, we checked in at the reception. We met Ankit at the reception. Later, we saw Gautham, Sayak and Vineel too. We then proceeded to our room. The view from the room was pretty good, and so was the room. We could see the beautiful Hussain Sagar lake from our room.

As soon as we kept our bags, we went for breakfast because we were told that the session would start soon. We hurriedly ate our breakfast and got in to the conference hall.

We entered the room to find out that it had already started. We grabbed our seats next to Brian King. I looked to my left to see Gen Kanai and Madalina Ana. It was great to see these wonderful people.

Discussions were going on about the Stepping down of Brenden Eich . Mozilla hitting the media for the wrong reasons in the past week. There were sharing of views from the Community and Gen, Brian and Madalina made us aware of the importance of standing together as a community and dealing with such delicate issues.

After that, Vineel briefed us on the agenda for the day and the task force that were working.
Myself and Damini joined the Webmaker Task Force while Naresh joined the Localization, which was lead by some amazing people from Red Hat.

The Webmaker taskforce discussion was started by Ankit. Gauthamraj , Vikas and Tripad were the others present in the discussion apart from myself and Damini.

General Idea:
The general idea in the first half was to give a brief on what is the particular taskforce about and it’s achievements from January 2013 to April 2014. The second half of the discussion was to  brainstorm and build a roadmap for the future and set specific target and goals.

The brainstorming resulted in elaborating the types of events we conducted until now, issues we faced during the events and how we could enhance the quality of the events in the future by implementing new stuffs to teach the web.

After the webmaker session was done and the taskforce Mentors Gauthamraj and Ankit presented a brief session on what is the Webmaker Task force and all the activites conducted till now.

After this session, there was a discussion about FSA’s by Umesh. We discussed on the problems faced by the FSA’s now and the possible ways in which we could overcome these problems.

Two of the major issues that were listed out were:

  • Lack of swags and budget for an event for some Firefox clubs.
  • Permission for FSA’s to conduct events in their colleges.

Solutions to these above problems:

  • Swags  and Budget are a very important factor. Hence, the FSA’s are initially requested to  conduct few events without these so that the Local Reps in their region are confident about requesting Swags or budget to support them next time when they are in need.
  • Perhaps Mozilla India could have a template of an official letter stating that the particular FSA is authorized on behalf of Mozilla India to conduct the event in their University or College.

After that , Galaxy discussed about the Events , Campaign and Logistics task force.
Jafar gave insights on the  Design as well as Social media Task force.
The details about Technical and Documentation task force was given by Kaustav.

The day got over really quick. At night, the Mozillians walked to Ohri’s for a wonderful dinner.

After the dinner, we all returned back to our rooms and retired for the day.

Next day morning I woke up and saw a reply for the mail I had sent to Doug Belshaw about the “Community Speaks”. I was really happy that he had replied, after which, I completed the blog post : https://dunebuggie.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/community-speaks-from-mozilla-india-doug-belshaw-speaks/

As I was taking a shower, I heard the doorbell. I opened the door to see Sujith and Sajeev. I told them that I’ll catch up with them in a while. I got ready and went to their room to see Varun and Gaurav. We were joined by Damini and Diwanshi for breakfast.
After breakfast, we all went to the Panoramic Hall for the meet.
The session started off with the I am a Mozillian video. Each time the someone the face of someone present there was shown, we cheered!


Gen gave a talk on Million Mozillians, which was on building a strategy to reach a Million contributors focusing on the transition from Users to contributors.

After this, we went back to our respective taskforces for the discussion for the day and building the roadmap.
The webmaker team got back to work!

Discussions for webmaker:

  • What exactly is Webmaker?
  • It’s more than just Thimble, Popcornmaker and X Ray Goggles
  • The fourth element we’re gonna add for webmaker events: Appmaker
  • Makerparty 2014 from July 15th to September 15th.
  • Web Literacy as  a major part of Webmaker.

Tracks:

  • Theme based makes. Example: Independence day
  • Tagging the makes with regional tags or #india so that it could be easily remixed when needed
  • Web Literacy Mapper: Including Web literacy in future events and taking up Mapping activities.
  • Webmaker Mentor Tasks: All the webmaker mentors in India should prepare atleast one Popcorn or Thimble make every month so that it can be used as a template. This ensures activity of the mentors and increases the number and quality of the makes.
  • After each event, the organizer of the event could be given access to a Google docs form where he nominates best makes from his event. Assessing the number and quality of makes, the best makes could be featured on Mozilla India Blog or maybe creating one called webmaker.mozillaindia.org(Over to technical taskforce).
  • Ensuring the importance of Offline activities :
    Considering a country like ours, where Internet and other things might not be stable, offline activites plays an important role. Some of the existing offline activities could be found on Webmaker.org with tag ‘#offline’. Importance to activities like Paper prototyping and other physical ones is needed.
  • Demo of Together.js, a collaborative and fun way to learn by making. This is another concept which will be showcased in upcoming webmaker events across the country. http://i.imgur.com/C48Dyra.png
  • Privacy and Security using Webmaker:http://blog.mozillaindia.org/823
    This would also include clear definitions of the words “Hacking” and “Remixing” which is often mistaken, especially when using tools like X Ray goggles.
  • Hive India and collaborations with Webmaker
  • Appmaker to be showcased in upcoming events. This would be able to sort out the issue of advanced users who want to get involved with webmaker. Considering the level of expertise, we could even ask them to contribute to Webmaker by giving them the link to Github.
  • Proper process to follow up to the participants after the event is done, which would benefit in getting more contributors.
  • Webmaker L10N: Translating the basic landing page of Webmaker into local languages.

Here is the link to the etherpad: https://india.etherpad.mozilla.org/Mozilla-India-meetup-Feb14-Tracks-Webmaker?

Before the end of the session, during the breaks, we got some awesome swags!
After the session, we parted ways-some to their rooms, some went out, some stayed back.
Me and Sujith went to his house to meet his parents. Unfortunately, they weren’t home. On our way back, we bought the thing that Hyderabad was best known for! Not pearls! It’s the Hyderabadi Biryani ! How could one come to Hyderabad and not have the Biryani!
It was indeed a travel through 3 different Biryani Zones in 2 days: From Thalassery Biryani to Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani Chennai to Hyderabadi Biryani !

At night, we had an awesome time with Komal, Jafar, Naresh, Sujith and Damini.

Discussing stories, and making fun of each other, the day was almost over. But we always have time for nightwalks. And nightwalks, means selfie time!

We forced ourselves to go and sleep since we had an awesome session awaiting us the next day same day.

The next morning we got ready in our super awesome Mozilla India tees. Which again meant we had to take a selfie.

We first had a session by Deb and Kaustav on Developer Engagement and Evangelism task force.

We then had recap and highlight sessions by the taskforces.
Post lunch, Madalina talked about SUMO, and the contribution from India.

Gen talked about the launch of Australis. Yes! We’d love to have a launch party in India!

Brian and Jane talked about Firefox OS and Market research.

Post the sessions, it was group pic time!
The making here
The normal one:

The crazy one:

The webmaker team:

Fortunate enough to meet these awesome people! The Malayalees present at Mozilla India Community Meet have a click together

MozAliyans with Deb:

Seriously awesome time with y’all. The thought of getting back to Chennai and preparing for exams was just horrifying.
But then they say, good times are short lived. They also do say, When winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Looking forward to meeting you all again soon…

Flickr link to images : https://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaindia/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/king-molan/sets/72157643390438705/