- 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.
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.
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
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
- Place barrier
- FSA being ideal
- Proper Communication and information Passing
Creating Mentor – Mentee structure, where each mentor may have upto 5 mentees. This will tackle the list of problems
- Growing vertically instead of horizontally.
- Motivating new Contributors
- Well defined Community goals
Goals of Q1 2016
We have also planned some of the goals for upcoming year 2016.
- 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.
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
“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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
- Community Meetup (Tamilnadu Community Meetup)
- Re Structuring the Community to have mentor-mentee
- Brining 20+ active FSA clubs.
- 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
- 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
11:00AM to 1:00PM Inauguration
2:00PM to 3:45PM Session talk
9:00AM to 3:45PM workshop
- 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.
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
I 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 Bangalore
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.
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
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 mozilla.locamotion.org 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.
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.
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: