Mozilla Meet at SRM University-SRMKZilla

About SRMKzilla

SRMKzilla is one of the active clubs and has been hosting several events/workshops/sessions at their campus internally. Previously the Club was handled by Rohith. As they graduated, the club responsibilities are now taken over by their juniors. It is, in fact, a smooth transitioning, with all the club responsibilities handed over to their successors. Most of the members are actively participating in the club events, from my knowledge It is one of the well-organized club in Tamilnadu.

It was my first visit to the SRM University Mozilla Campus Club Event, though I had been previously mentoring the leads through online. Shikar Singh invited me and Viswaprasath for an informal meet and Onboarding Session for the New Club Members who had joined this year.

The session was expected to start at 2:00 PM. Due to a delay in travel, We started around 2:30 PM. Viswa started off by sharing about different pathways, students can contribute to Mozilla Community. Why one should contribute to Open source project and how it will help them in their career.

Some of the Suggested areas

  • MDN
  • Rust
  • WebVR
  • L10N
  • WebCompat
  • Add-ons

Why Should one contribute to community

  • Passion.
  • Gain exposure to Real world Problems.
  • Learn and Network with Amazing people.

After sharing his thoughts about open source communities for an hour, I started off with WebVR Session. I shared few demos using Aframe which attracted a lot of students and made them get involve so actively. Almost all were excited to try out Aframe framework. Many pinged me on telegram after the session with their queries and few showed me a demo they had made.

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I feel this is one of the best short session I had. Some of the students were really interested to contribute, they followed back in Telegram and through Email. Some are interested in Analytics projects and many wanted to get started with it. With proper guidance, We can assure that this club will make great contribution to Mozilla in the future.

After the session, We had a personal meet with the Club Office Bearers and discussed regarding the big event they are planning in the month of April.

Open Source Hack at KCG College of Technology

Last year, I had the privilege to inaugurate the Mozilla Campus Club at KCG College of Technology, Chennai. @Sayaji Shikar was the Club lead there. The club had hosted several internal workshops/sessions in their campus.

A month ago, I met @Sayaji Shikar during the ILUGC(Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai) Meet at IIT Madras where I had come to deliver a talk on WebVR. We discussed on hosting an inter-college 24hour hackathon at KCG college.

We decided to have 3 parallel sessions.

  1. WebVR- karthickeyan(me)
  2. WebExtension Development(Viswaprasath)
  3. Localization(khaleel Jageer)

Me and 2 reps from Chennai( Viswa and Khaleel) joined us for hosting a 24hour hackathon. Sayaji and his team took care of all arrangements, logistics etc. His college management was very supportive of this initiative.

This was the very first time in Chennai. A college is supporting a 24hour inter college hackathon within the campus. Everyone was excited about the event.

March 18th, Saturday:

I reached the college campus at around 10:00AM where I was welcomed by the club office bearers and the college management.After the formal speech by the principal, Vice-principal, HOD of CSE Department. I gave a welcome address. later, we split ourselves into respective breakout sessions.

  • WebVR Session had 40 Participants
  • WebExtension Session had 30 participants
  • Localization Session had 9 participants

WebVR Session:

The Audience were mostly from 2nd year and remaining were from 3rd year.

I started with my own way of story telling. My experience in FOSS projects. How I started to contribute to FOSS.

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Event flow:

  • Introduction to FOSS Philosophy & Mozilla.
  • Various Contribution areas of Mozilla.
  • Lunch ( 1:00PM- 2:00PM )
  • Introduction to WebVR and Aframe
  • Why WebVR? Applications of WebVR
  • How to Develop a simple WebVR Scene using Aframe
  • Entity component System.
  • How to write your own component
  • Javascript Best Practices
  • Simple Demo Scene using interesting components
  • Introduction to Github (At the end of the hackathon, students will be uploading their makes on GitHub. and hence Github was introduced)

This went until 7:00 AM. We then dispersed for Dinner.

Around 8:00 PM we all set to work on our projects.

The participants were split into 3 in each team. We had a total of 13 teams.

The theme of the hackathon was Festivals of India. Each team was asked to pick one festival and create a webVR scene with at least 5 pages.

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March 19th, Sunday

I woke up at 6:00 AM and I could find everyone busy in working on their project. Few had interesting technical queries. I had to sit with them to find out solutions.

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Later, We started to judge the team makes. We asked each team to demo their makes.Everyone tried out their best to put up a great trade show. One of the makes really fascinated me and that team was declared as the winner of the WebVR hackathon.

Similarly, WebExtension Localization Sessions had top performers as winners.

Signing the certificates:

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Around 11:00 AM, The Entire participants, HOD of CSE dept, staff coordinators gathered up at the Auditorium. We distributed Prizes to the Winners and distributed consolation certificates to all the participants. At the end, I spoke about Mozilla Tamilnadu Community and how the contribution could be taken further.

 

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LINK TO THE PROJECTS 

LINK TO THE FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM

Campus Clubs Reports 2016

2016 had been a great year for Mozilla with a lot of new goals, transitioning of FSA into Campus Clubs, Lot of improvements in the Community.

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Campus Clubs transitioning was a challenging process for the FSA team. With the new goals in mind, Bringing the best out of the community, streamlined communication, proper recognition, focussing on Quality over quantity, devising a  protocol was a huge task.

Here are the list of Mozilla Campus clubs inaugurated in 2016

Amrita University, Coimbatore

IIIT D& M College, Chennai

Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam

SNS college of Technology, Coimbatore

Sri Krishna College of Technology, Coimbatore

KCG College of Technology, Chennai

Metrics for 2016:

  • Total Number of Online Events Conducted – 13
  • Total Number of Offline Events Conducted – 26
  • Number of Active Contributors – 12
  • Number of New Contributors joined in 2016- 68

 

 

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
Audience:
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
Metrics:
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:
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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:

http://www.samgatha.org/sponsors.php

https://reps.mozilla.org/e/makers-fair-samgathan-2016/

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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8.Womoz Meetup at VIT University, Vellore.[twitter link]
December 2015:
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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:
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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:
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15.MozStall at PES University, bangalore[ blog link ]
September 2015:
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16.Setting up Mozilla Tamilnadu community taskforce Team[ blog link ]
August 2015:
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17.Initiated Weeks of Contribution program in Tamilnadu- Online weekly event     [ blog link ]
18.MDN and documentation Hangout session[ blog link ]
July 2015:
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19.FSA Meetup Chennai[ blog link ]
 
June 2015:
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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. 😀