Campus Club Inauguration and MozActivate Campaign at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology

Date: 15th October 2016

Location: Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam
Time: 1: 30 pm to  6 :30 Pm
65 Students from 2nd & 3rd year of CSE Department
Event Flow:
  • Started with Campus Club Inauguration ceremony
  • Talk about the FOSS philosophy
  • Introduction to Mozilla
  • Areas of Contribution
  • What is Mozilla Campus Club? How to be a part of it? Structure of Campus Club & Recognition Opportunities.
  • Intro to Github, Participants signed up on Github and registered to Hacktoberfest.
  • Q & Session
  • Networking Lunch
  • Test Pilot Installation (On 65 Systems) and Feedbacks were given.
  • E10S Sprint With at least 3 Addons tested by each Student.
  • WebVR Introduction and a sample demo using Codepen.
  • Event Summary
  • Q& A Session
  • Vote of thanks
  • Private Meeting with the Club Members and Executives
65 test pilot installation, Feedbacks were given by all the students
200+ Addons tested for E10S Sprint
Mozilla Campus Club Officially Registered.
Few glimpse of the event:

Seminar on MLN at IIITDM techfest Samgatha 16

There are mozillans all around us who share great enthusiasm and love towards Mozilla programs and communities, one such person is @praneeth who was an volunteer at  maker fest at last year organized by @Shreyas.

He really got inspired and wanted to do something of that type at his ecosystem ( his college which is IIITDM )

Kudos @praneeth, thanks for having us and good hospitality.

After all the discussion on planning the logistics, event branding and planning agenda we came up with a solid event which included,

Everything about Mozilla Learning Network : web privacy, literacy, tools.
FSA program, connected devices and definitely the gyan (knowledge) about Mozilla community and contributions pathways.

So it was myself and @Vigneswer who were there to enlighten the bright minds at IIITDM.

Relevant links:

We (Mozilla Tamil Nadu) was listed as official maker faire partner of their event.


Just before few days of the event takebacktheweb campaign was out, we decided that it was an ideal place for us to go ahead and spread the word.


We have taken a great video mentioning the campaign name, this was suggested by students over there who understood this is an very potential area of contribution and involvement.

Many of them were interested in becoming FSA’s, campus leaders and take ahead the program.


The college was really good, they had a brilliant infrastructure and all facilities.

So I kick started the event  by briefly explaining about Mozilla , contribution path ways and FSA program, followed by Vignesh who showed demos of webmaker tools, web privacy terminologies, light beam demo , ppt of take back the web campaign (shared by @lucy) and few concepts and design thinking in connected devices domain.



We had around 50 + students attending the event.

We will soon be there back to inaugurate the club at their college.

Looking forward for the same.

Special mentions to @vishwaprasath and @shreyas for helping plan the event

Link to video on YouTube (will update them once I get it from the organizers)

Links to all the picture at Flickr (will update them once I get it from the organizers)


Read Vigneshwer’s Blogpost here: Click Me

Mozilla QA at Anokha 2016

Anokha is one of the biggest Tech fest in Southern India. Tens of thousands of foot falls every year with a great determination to learn & hack things. For this event,the planning phase started 3 months prior.(During November 2015).  Adam and Gowtham Venkat began the talksphoto275595016614816635

So our main agenda was based on contributing to QA.

Day 1
  •  Introduction to Foss and Mozilla
  •  Introduction to FSA program
  •  Introduction QA Taskforce in India
  • Introduction to Bugzilla & Filling Bugs
  • Introduction about One and Done

Day 2

  • Introduction to MozTrap
  • Bug Verification
  • Bug Triaging
  • Introduction to Add-ons development
The day 1 of the event started bit slowly. We had General introduction session about FOSS by Adam, Mozilla  and its contribution path by Karthic. Then about the QA and how we can contribute to them by Adam.
Then in the afternoon we started with One and Done and how it is helpful to get started with the community. Viswa was explaining how to choose the task, how to talk in IRC.
Then to have hands-on experience we asked attendees to choose a very simple task. We took writing review to add-ons almost 30+ attendees out of 55 installed different add-ons in their developer edition and give reviews. After sharing about oneanddone Viswa shared more information about Bugzilla,  how to file a bug, what are all the various flags invovled, how to response to a bug, what are all the information expected while filling a bug. Along with this some of the attendees have found some 1 or 2 bugs in their Firefox for Android app. We wrapped day 1 around 5:30 as the college is in remote places, it is difficult to travel for attendees. Some attendees expect some introduction to coding contribution, while I was asking them feedback personally.
The second day started with general introduction to WebExtensions. Used the Web Extension examples available at Github to teach about this. Shared the source code to them, so they can try some extensions development. We had this session for almost half a day.
Then in Second half of the day Me and Tummla shared their knowledge about github and filling issues their. Some of the projects in Mozilla started using github for filling the bugs than bugzilla, so it was really a good introduction to them.
Then after the introduction we gave them MozillaTN weeks of Contribution website. And asked them to file issues, attendees were interested in filling the  issues and also solving this basic HTML/CSS/JS issues.
It was one of the wonderful experience. There are still something to be learnt so all the questions from attendees will be addressed.
Thanks to Viswa, Gowtham Venkat, Adam , Tumala and other contributors who made this event very big.ano1.jpg
Read Original blogpost on this event: click here

RAL term end Activity Report

Dear FSA Fam,
I am very much thankful to each and everyone in this wonderful FSA Dream team for giving me constant support and guidance during my tenure.
This RAL role was a key to unlock my Leadership potentials and many of my hidden skills. Over the previous term, I was able to successfully build a local community [Mozilla Tamilnadu community] with now over 100+ Active members from all over the state who are working hard in taking our mission forward and making our Mozilla’s presence in 10 Cities in Tamilnadu.
Time runs fast, Within this, I was successful in making a huge impact in India.
-Traveled over 5200 Kilometers 
-Mozilla’s presence in 4 States [ Tamilnadu, karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telegana]
-Created an impact across 13 Cities: Chennai, Vellore, katpadi, Tiruvannamalai, Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore,tanjavur, kumbakonam, Trichy, vizianagaram, karaikudi, Tirupathi
I wanted to share with you all my RAL Activity report for the 2015-16 term.
All activities between June 2015- Jan 2016 has been documented below.
January 2016:
1.Inaugurated Miracle Firefox Club in Vizianagaram, Andhra pradesh, India and conducted a 2 day workshop[ blog link ]
2.MozStall at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Madras.with over 700+ visitors and 150+ FSA Signups. [twitter link]
3.Spoke about Mozilla, its mission, contribution areas and FSA program at IIT-Madras during the Shaastra Tech fest[ blog link ]
4.Remotely Supported in planning and organizing a FOSS and FSA induction event in SKCET.[twitter link]
5.Remotely Supported in planning and organizing a Privacy event in Sri Krishna college of engineering and Technology by prasanth.[twitter link]
6.Remotely Supported in planning and organizing a privacy event in Sastra University, Tanjavur.[twitter link]
7.Conducted Train the trainers program for all Club leads in Tamilnadu.
[twitter link]
8.Womoz Meetup at VIT University, Vellore.[twitter link]
December 2015:
9.Year End Chat with Mozilla Tamilnady Community Members, Discussing goals for 2016 and planning for activities. [ blog link ]
10.Mentor- Mentee System pilot run in Mozilla Tamilnadu Community. Assigning 1 Senior FSA/RAL to 5 newbies. i.e) in 1:5 ratio.
11.Sent out Special Swags to top 10 Young contributors in India along with a Happy New year note as a token of appreciation & motivation for their contribution. Check a sample here[Photo link]
12.Designing Community playbook- Achievements in 2015[ blog link ]
November 2015:
13.Mozilla Introductory session and L10N workshop at Amrita university, Coimbatore[ blog link ]
14.Mentored FSA Gowtham to conduct a Introductory session and l10N workshop in Madurai[ blog link ]
October 2015:
15.MozStall at PES University, bangalore[ blog link ]
September 2015:
16.Setting up Mozilla Tamilnadu community taskforce Team[ blog link ]
August 2015:
17.Initiated Weeks of Contribution program in Tamilnadu- Online weekly event     [ blog link ]
18.MDN and documentation Hangout session[ blog link ]
July 2015:
19.FSA Meetup Chennai[ blog link ]
June 2015:
20.Firefox Club inauguration at C.Abdul hakeem college, Melvisharam[ blog link ]
21.Firefox Growth Campaign at katpadi[ blog link ]
22.Foxyeah at vellore.[ blog link ]
Few of my Upcoming Events:
  • Feb 18,19- QA Workshop in Amrita University, Coimbatore, India
  • Feb 22- FSA orientation program in SRM Easwari Engg college, Chennai, India
  • March 7[tentative] – Inaugurating Firefox Club in Saveetha Engineering College, Chennai, India
  • March 11,12- Inaugurating Firefox Club @ Dhirajlal gandhi college of technology, Salem
  • March 30- Mozilla introductory session and hands-on l10N workshop during a National level Technical symposium in SRM Easwari Engg College, Chennai.
  • April 1,2,3- MozStall at Sastra University, Kumbakonam.
I am happy to take my role forward and continue to provide my fullest support and dedication to the FSA Team.
And Cheers to all the Amazing Co- Regional leads who were a source of motivation and inspiration for me throughout the whole term. 😀

MozillaTN year End chat 2015

After successfully writing the Community Playbook one thing keep on striking my mind, the problem we faced in 2015 should be addressed without fail in 2016. So decided to have IRC chat on Christmas eve. Around 8.00 PM IST on 24th December 2015 community members came forward to talk in IRC. I should talk Aksay who has integrated IRC bot between our Telegram Group (we also have our community Channel)and #moztn channel.

So we had very little agenda but it took almost 2 hours to complete our discussion. Our agenda is listed below.

  • Introducing Contributors
  • Highlights of 2015
  • Introducing the 2016 Mozilla Goals
  • Discussing the Goals of Individuals
  • Discussing the Goals of community

Around 15 contributors have came to the IRC chat on that day and some people used telegram itself to chat. It is better to Check our etherpad to know more about our contributors.

Then I shared some stats of our local community in 2015, like how many of us were there, what we did, what we achieved and so on. Community playbook was very helpful to share about this.

I thanked lot of community members with their achievements and many thanked me. (I was very excited 🙂 can’t share in words)

Then we started to discuss about our problems in 2015, I will list some of the top problems we faced in 2015

  1. We have many FSA in Tamilnadu but around 10 are active
  1. We have not consolidated our efforts done.
  1. All contributors are doing great contribution in different direction, but as a community we need to have a well defined goal.
  1. We need to motivate FSA to be active in functional areas than just in evangelism.
  1. Proper communication channel should be there and we should see that all Mozillians get the information shared.
  1.  We are growing our contributions in many areas instead we should grow in particular path very well.
  1. Many new FSA’s after joining FSA program are ideal for 3 or more months we need to mentor them to get started first.
  1. We need to keep track of all the contributions done by contributors and give regular feedback and motivate them so we can bring them to next level.
  1. Many contributors are from different Locations of Tamilnadu, having regular meetups in offline is very difficult.


We have got some solutions to the above stated problems in the conversation itself. In 2016 we have planed some of the things below

Have actively conversation 3 months once, to update our upcoming quarter plans. This will solve some of the problems like

  1. Place barrier
  2. FSA being ideal
  3. Proper Communication and information Passing

Creating Mentor – Mentee structure, where each mentor may have upto 5 mentees.  This will tackle the list of problems

  1. Growing vertically instead of horizontally.
  2. Motivating new Contributors
  3. Well defined Community goals

Goals of Q1 2016

We have also planned some of the goals for upcoming year 2016.

  • Webmaker app downloads
  • Firefox (ta)downloads
  • Foxfooding
  • Structured Community- FSA (high priority), Taskfroce Team [Mentor & mentee] (Medium)
  • Bringing Women Contributors from Tamilnadu

Our Community has become very big, and it is really a good time to give bring active contributors in one place and discuss the future growth of our Community members, so in March 2016 we are planning to have community meetup and we have to have well defined Community structure.

Our community has good number of Localisation Contributors and it will be very good to increase the usage of Firefox Browser in our local language tamil.

Foxfooding community is growing very big, we in India have very huge Android user base. It will be really great to use b2gdroid and contribute to Foxfooding.


We want to search community spaces in our local cities so we can meetup once in a month and discuss and do interesting things. We already have some spaces in some cities we should try to expand in future.

Places for meetup
  • Hackup Technology, Coimbatore
  • MetooMentor, Madurai
  • F Infotech, Perundurai

There are lot of things to learn in upcoming days and sure it is going to be exciting journey in 2016. The major task as of now given to contributors is to define their Q1 goals for 2016.

Lets meet with interesting updates in 2016.

I will be happy to hear thoughts about our community and would love to hear feedback from all.


Read the Original Post by Viswaprasath: Click here

Mozilla Tamilnadu Community Playbook 2015

“Recently Mozilla Reps Council asked Mozilla Reps to fill Community yearbook for 2015. It was asked to fill to know more about the local community who are actively contributing. You can find the yearbook in Google presentationg


Each community can use one sheet to say what they have achieved in 2015, what are their proud moment in 2015 and what are their plans in 2016 then who are Mozillians present in the community. So I was exciting to fill for Mozilla Tamilnadu (MozillaTN shortly) Community. Other Mozilla contributors and Reps were very helpful in this process.

So the very first step Viswaprasath-Rep did was creating an etherpad for this and asked all the contributors to share their knowledge about our community and share their blogposts about the events they have done and regarding the FSA who are actively involved.

Mozillians Stats

There are amazing people who have contributed very well in the past year and before that,

  • Mozilla Reps – 7
  • Firefox  Regional Ambassador Lead – 1
  • Active FSA Club – 3
  • Active FSA’s – 50

We are sure we have missed some of the FSA clubs and FSA’s. But only 3 Club leads came forward to share about them. On seeing this stat really we are very big community and have large number of contributors. Hope in future we will increase the impact done by these contributors and have good communication with all.

Events Done

Large number of FSA’s are actively involved in doing events in both online and offline in their college to spread awareness about Mozilla products. We say there are more than 25+ events done in 2015. Some of the massive events are

  • Weeks of Contribution
  • Series of MozCoffee to  build FSA community
  • FSA Campaign Challenge
  • Bug Triage days
  • L10n Sprint
  • MDN Sprint
  • App days

On Seeing this our community more loves events in Localization, Documentation, Bug Triage and QA, Firefox OS Apps building,Marketing and Community building. So in 2016 More focus will be given to these contribution areas and will be adding other contributors in other contribution areas too.

Achievements in 2015

Our community members have done some of the significant achievements as a whole community and individually.

  • Karthikeyan become one of the RAL for FSA program
  • Adam has been named as FSA super star and he was also appreciated by MDN community for his contribution to Firefox OS page creation.
  • Many contributors have brought new community members to contribute.

Community Structure

In 2015 we didn’t actively follow any community structure, when a new contributor comes in and asks question then the contributor who was aware of that area of contribution will come forward to answer them. This didn’t scale much. There were many contributors who had same doubts as other had.

2016 Community Plans

We have some goals in 2016 as a whole community. We have set a very big goals for upcoming year. Some of them are as follows

  1.  Community Meetup (Tamilnadu Community Meetup)
  2. Re Structuring the Community to have mentor-mentee
  3. Brining 20+ active FSA clubs.
  4. Constantly following up Contributors to know about them & update them with latest paths to contribute.

Our community year book is here

Thanks to all the community members who helped in bring this awesome yearbook of Mozilla Tamilnadu Community and special thanks to Mozilla Reps council and participation team for bringing such a opportunity to know about our community.

Will be happy to know about your thoughts regarding our awesome community and also love to hear your thoughts on problems we faced.”


Read the Original post by Viswaprasath: Click here

Miracle Firefox Club Inauguration & workshop

  • Name of the Event: MFC Inaguration
  • Venue: Miracle Educational Society, Viziangaram- A.P, India
  • Date: 29-01-2016(Sat) & 30-01-2016(Sun)
  • Club Lead: Uday Allu
  • Hashtag: #MFC
  • Time:


11:00AM to 1:00PM Inauguration

2:00PM to 3:45PM Session talk


9:00AM to 3:45PM workshop

Guest Invitees:

  • Karthickeyan (RAL-Myself)
  • Dinesh MV (Senior FSA, tirupathi)
  • Jayesh K.R( Mozillian, tirupathi)

We were invited by Miracle Educational society to Inaugurate the Miracle firefox Club on 29th Jan 2016.


We three departed from Tirupathi by train around 4:50PM on 28th jan 2016 and reached Vizianagaram District at 6:00AM on 29th jan. It was around 13hours travel by train.

After reaching there, we were received by Uday-Club lead of MFC and were taken to nearby Hotel. We got freshen up and prepared to leave to the College at 8:00AM.

We reached the Miracle Engg College by 9:00AM. It is located in Miracle City, bhogapuram.



We were welcomed by a lovely Rangoli at the entrance of the college.


We had breakfast and reached the Club house to meet the Club officers and had a small talk with them. Later had a deep discussion on educating students on FOSS with the HOD of CSE Department.


Later around 11 AM, we went to the Auditorium and we were recieved by the Director and the Vice principal.


The Principal, VP and the HOD addressed the audience.

I then addressed the gathering with lightening talks,Mozilla’s story, facts and importance of FOSS in Education & career, advantages of working on real time open source projects.


Then we lit the Kuthuvelaku ( indian tradition to start something in an auspicious way ).


We then left to the Club House they had dedicated exclusively for all Mozilla Activities.


I Opened the club house and we had a group photo together with club officers and the College management. It was a great memorable moment for me.


After lunch break, The 3rd and 4th year students of CSE Department gathered in the seminar hall for the workshop.


Dinesh started off the session talking about the Mozilla, its mission.

I then took over the session to give more clear idea on certain topics like Open Web, Web Literacy, Mozilla Contribution areas, Online privacy, net neutrality issues.

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At 3:45, We had to wind up the session as the college hours ended.

We then reached back to Vizag, which is an hour distance from the college.The students became a guide and helped us explore the city. Vizag is indeed a beautiful city. we then went to Rk beach and Central mall. We had dinner and came back to room.

29th Jan, 2016:

It was the second day of the workshop. we gave a hands-on workshop on Localization. We went to the computer lab and localized 5 SuMo KB articles altogether. We then went back to the Seminar hall.

jayesh started off with Firefox OS introduction.


Then he showed demo of one and done tasks

IMG_0707.JPGI explained about QA and IRC. we showed them demo how to connect to IRC channels and talk with other mozillians for help.

I explained about the FSA program, FSA Structure, benefits, FSA Recognition levels and Activities.

Dinesh took over the session by explaining about the Support Mozilla.


Around 1:00PM we wound up the session and asked the participants to give their feedback . After the feedback session, we asked everyone to assemble on the ground for photo session.

It was amazing to see even HOD of CSE Department was much excited and joined us for the photo shoot.


we then met the Director of the college at his office, he gave us the mementos and thanked us for conducting the workshop.



later around 3:00PM to 4:00PM. we had discussion with all the Club officers at the club house and gave them information about the activities that can be conducted in the club and also told them the SOPs to request for swags and budget for events.



MozDay at IIT- Madras

  • Name of the Event: MozDay
  • Venue: IIT- Madras
  • Date: 26-01-2016
  • Hashtag: #MozDayShaastra #MozillaAtIITM
  • Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

9:00AM to 2:00PM- MozStall 

3:00PM to 5:00PM- MozTalk [Closed Session]

Check out the flickr link for more photos: Click here

Mozillian Attendees:

  • Karthickeyan [ myself / RAL from Chennai,TN]
  • Vigneshwar Dinakaran [ Mozilla Rep from Bangalore ]
  • Mohammad Adam [ Mozillian from Villupuram, TN ]
  • Abraar Syed [ Mozillian from Bangalore ]
  • Farhaan Khan [ Mozillian from Bangalore ]
  • Dinesh MV [ Mozillian from Tirupathi ]
  • Ravi [ Volunteer from Chennai, TN ]


Facts about Shaastra:

Shaastra is the annual technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai, India consists of various engineering, science and technology competitions, summits, lectures, video conferences, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops. The festival is traditionally held over four days and four nights during the first week of January. It has so far seen fifteen editions.. Shaastra attracts participation from all over India, and seeks to provide collegiate students with a platform to showcase their scientific and engineering talents. Shaastra is entirely student managed and holds the distinction of being the first such event in the world to be ISO 9001:2000 certified for implementing a Quality Management System.

Shaastra consistently record a footfall of 25,000 people and a budget of over 1 crore.The Summit is a vertical under it. The theme chosen changes each year based on current events and how,as a technical institute we can focus on problems and resolve them to impact the community at large. Some of our past themes were: Revolutionizing agriculture, reinventing education and transforming healthcare.

More about Shaastra in Wikipedia

MozDay at Shaastra Tech fest:

Mozilla was invited for organizing a workshop at the Maker summit along with hosting a stall during the fest. Aligning with the goals of the Makers theme. We decided to bring on Webmaker for Android as a part of the workshop.

I got an invitation as Guest speaker at the Maker summit. And I was glad to be a part of it in the prestigious institute of IIT-Madras.

After lot of planning and discussions, We finally fixed a plan for the Event.

we decided to have

  1. MozStall
  2. MakerSummit Talk


A Stall was setup for Mozilla by the Shaastra organizing team at a hotspot of the fest. We had our Stall between 9:00PM to 2:00PM.

The things that were Discussed in the MozStall includes:

  • Online Privacy
  • Firefox OS for Connected Device
  • Webmaker for Android downloads
  • Mozilla & its contribution areas
  • FSA program & Signup.

We hosted the stall only on the last day of the Shaastra tech fest. We got visitors count of over 700+ and FSA signups of around 150. Knowing the popularity of this event. We had prior arrangements made along with the bunch of swags we got. Thanks to Vigneshwer Dinakaran -Mozilla Rep who helped us with the Swags arrangements.

Also we had invited more volunteers for the stall. the volunteers were

  • Adam from villupuram
  • Dinesh MV from tirupathi
  • Ravi from SA College, chennai
  • Abraar & Farhan from BangaloreIMG_20160126_110934853.jpg

During the Stall, We got an opportunity to talk to kids, homemakers on Intetnet and online privacy. Trust me, these little kids were amazing and curious.






We had a live contest running on. We shared the Webmaker App to the Visitors of the stall and asked them to make something creative and tweet. The best makes were given Mozilla Tee.

Maker Summit Talk:

Later in the Afternoon, between 3:00PM to 5:00PM. We had a closed Talk session which had interested participants who were IITians, professionals, Students of various colleges, School Students etc.

Speakers for the summit were:

  • Karthickeyan [myself]
  • Vigneshwer Dinakaran [ Rep ]
  • Abraar Syed [Mozillian, FSMK volunteer ]
  • Farhaan khan [Mozillian, FSMK volunteer ]

Abraar Syed Started the Talk with FOSS Phillosophy, Why FOSS. Later I took over the session explaining the audience about Mozilla, its mission and how to contribute to the Mozilla & other open source projects in general. I also explained about the FSA program,its benefits and Activities that can be done as an FSA, various recognition oppurtunities etc.



Vigneshwer Dinakaran explained each and every contribution areas in detail and explained more about the importance of FOSS.

Farhaan khan ended the session with Demo of Webmaker.


Later we had a group photo with the organizers.IMG_7712.JPG

It was a great experience for all of us to talk with lot of people of diverse backgrounds.

Check out the flickr link for more photos: Click here



Mozilla introductory Session & L10N Workshop at Amrita University, Coimbatore

Date: 14-11-2015 [Saturday]

Venue: Amrita Vishwa vidyapeetham, Coimbatore

Nos of Participants: 35+

Khaleel Jageer- Mozilla rep and ta-localizer planned to conduct a localization event in Amrita univeristy, Coimbatore.

He invited me to give a session talk on Mozilla Contribution and Community Building.

On Nov 14th, @ 7:00AM I reached Coimbatore Bus Stand. There I met khaleel. He had reached the venue an hour earlier. We were meeting for the first time in-person. We had several telephonic convos and FB Chats previously.I was so much excited to meet him. He is incredibly the wonderful man with whom you can spent talking about the FOSS philosophy and how it can change one’s perspective of viewing things.

We got the cab which the college had provided for us. We then talked talked and talked until we reached the Amrita college.

I should not miss to tell this, THIS College is really Splendid. The beautiful hills, cool climate and greenery around. It was like a botanical garden than to be a college. You will feel fresh and energetic once you reach this place.


We were then took to the Guest house and we got refreshed. The Club lead Raghav received us and took us to for breakfast.We then headed on to the Computer Lab.

View from guest house:


Since it was holiday for the college, we only got a decent number of 35+ participants.



I started off the session with Introduction to FOSS philosophy, What Mozilla is, Why Mozilla and its products.I then gave a brief introduction about each and every contribution area of mozilla.


We then had a Q & A session where lot of people came up with interesting queries like:

  • Where do Mozilla gets funds from? 
  • Without getting money from people, how company like mozilla runs?
  • I dont know anything about programming, but want to contribute to firefox os app dev. What should i do?
  • Does Mozilla pays for our contribution?
  • How did you become a RAL?
  • Where should I start to contribute first?
  • Will I get job in Mozilla if i contribute?

and many more…



Then around 11:30, Khaleel followed up the event by giving hands-on session on Localization.

He told the difference between localization and translation. he explained why localization is important. He then introduced to tools like verbatim, pootle.


He asked everyone to create a account on website.

and then we downloaded language tools and installed it in out systems. We then started to localize words and sentence on Mozilla verbatim.

We had participants who localized content in many languages like tamil, malayalam, telugu, hindi, french. To encourage people to localize more and more strings. We announced  gift prizes for those who finishes with more number of strings. Later we then added all the localizer names to the Respective wiki page.



It went on till 1:30 and we left for Lunch. We then had our lunch buffet and came back to the spot.



We announced the winners of the localization sprint and gave them Mozilla tees.


Finally. A group picture. Everyone posing  in the Foxy Style 😀


Later that, We had a Small Community meetup where we discussed about the roadmap and future events. We also created a Events calendar for the coming year.This discussion went on till 6:30PM.



We then got freshen up, had our dinner and then headed to the bus stand. End of the Trip.

Mentoring FSA gowtham for his first event in Madurai

Gowtham Venkat is a FSA  from Amrita University in Coimbatore. He is doing his 2nd year Graduation in CS. He has the passion to learn things and share it to his friends.

He contacted me for guiding him in conducting his very first event. Initially we discussed to conduct in his college. But knowing the fact that, Mozilla has to reach even the place where Literacy rates are poor. We Decided to conduct a Event in Madurai, Tamilnadu.

We discussed on the Agenda and planned to conduct in a College at first. At the last moment , College couldn’t help us with the venue since the students had End Sem Examinations. So Gowtham along with kavitha-FSA from madurai contacted a private Company for a Space to conduct event on November 7. and we got the venue confirmed.

I framed the agenda and prepared talking points for him to speak during the session. Check out the Agenda on the Etherpad here:

I asked him to learn about various topics from mozilla wiki and asked him to keep it updated with lots of information.

A few days before the Event, One of the Senior faculty of the venue sponsor offered us a independent Working Space for all Mozilla related activities.

He was already offering students nearby to utilize the space for learning.He was too generous to provide us with his privately owned Space for Mozilla events which also had a WiFi connection. We named it as MozSpace.

We then created a Poster and posted on telegram, FB groups and mailing lists. We opened our registration and circulated it to students in and around madurai.12189437_1486111628361806_2391477252544035620_o.jpg

Also visit the Blogpost of Gowtham regarding the planning

With enough preparation and support from various people, Hope He will rock his first event.

[UPDATE]: Event conducted Successfully, 25+ participants. blogpost: