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:

https://public.etherpad-mozilla.org/p/Moz_Madurai_event

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

https://gowthamvenkat2605.blogspot.in/2015/10/planning-for-my-first-event.html

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

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

https://gowthamvenkat2605.blogspot.in/2015/11/intro-to-foss-event-at-madurai.html

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Setting up the MozillaTN Taskforce

To increase Mozilla Contribution and involvement of Firefox Student Ambassadors in the Committee. Similar to the Mozilla India taskforce. Mozilla Tamilnadu Created Taskforce Teams for the tamilnadu community.

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This taskforce aims to bring more contribution activities and involvement of students to the Mozilla Tamilnadu Community.

The listof Taskforce

1) Webmaker Taskforce:

Mentor: gauthamraj Elango | FSA-Eboard,Mozilla rep

2) SuMo Taskforce:

Mentor: jayakumar Sadhasivam | Mozilla Rep

3) Coding taskforce:

Mentor: Vikneshwar | Mozillian

4) Add-ons Development taskforce:

Mentor: Naresh Kumar| Mozilla Rep

5) Firefox OS App Dev taskforce:

Mentor: Viswaprasath KS | FSA Eboard, Mozilla Rep

6) Firefox Student Ambassador Taskforce:

Mentor: Karthickeyan(me) | FSA- RAL

Peers: Abhiram Ravikumar | FSA-RAL

7) Localization Taskforce: 

Mentor: Khaleel Jageer | Mozilla rep , ta-localizer

Peers: Gowtham venkat | Mozillian, Club lead Amrita Univ, Coimbaotore

8) Documentation Taskforce:

Mentor: Mohammed Adam | Mozillian, Club Lead Mailam Engg college, Villupuram

9)Evangelism Taskforce:

Mentor: Vigneswaran.D | Mozilla Rep

10) Geolocation Taskforce:

Mentor: Makilan | Mozillian

This list was finalized based on the performance, Activities and Applications submitted by the FSA’s after the WOC program.

To know what WOC program is, Check this out:

https://mozkarthic.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/weeks-of-contribution-program-an-initiative-by-mozilla-tamilnadu-community/

Hope this taskforce teams  will work with dedication and determination to improve and increase Mozilla’s presence in Tamilnadu and far.

MozStall at PES University, Bangalore south Campus

Date: October 2 & 3 2015

venue: PES university South Campus, bangalore

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Abhiram- RAL from bangalore invited me to his college to conduct a MozStall during InGenius hackathon that is to be held in his college in bangalore.  I accepted the invitation and was ready for my first Mozilla event outside Tamilnadu.

Arrived Bangalore on October 1 22:00hrs in Bangalore.

Checked in the hotel and met Mozilla rep and RAL Akshay Tiwari from Hyderabad. it was the first time we were meeting.

On October 2: Around 9:00AM we took a cab and reached the venue PES university, South Campus. Campus was So beautiful with majestic tall buildings. Since it was a national holiday, There was no traffic jam reaching the venue, which is expected to be worst during other days.

In the college, We met Soumya Deb-he is a tech evangelist and Cofounder of Applait. He is also a Mozilla rep who resides in bangalore. He was already in the venue an hour back.

We were all recieved by Abhiram Ravikumar– RAL from bangalore and other Mozillians from MVIT firefox Club who were already there on the venue. We all finally set our stall by 10:30.

InGenius hackathon had a huge number of participants mostly from PES College and few from other colleges that also includes Students from NIT Trichy. We had a great number of Developers/geeks and i was super excited to meet them all.

Soumya Deb and Abhiram gave a small introduction talk to the gathering and also announced about the MozStall that was set up right next to the Hackathon Hall.

We got lot of swags to give away to the audience.

Initially we had a slow moving crowd. In an hour our Stall was over flowed with many number of Developers asking us about Mozilla and FSA program.We answered lot of queries, also we gave away swags to the people.We also had queries related to Firefox Developer Edition, QA in Mozilla.

Mohammed Rafy- A fellow mozilian & Intern at Scrollback gave a surprise visit to the Event. We discussed about the event and future plans in expanding the Mozilla community.

We then had our lunch and then resumed our Work till 6PM. After talking to lot of people. We were all tired and were slowly leaving the venue by 7pm after our dinner.

Photos: The three FSA- RAL’s in one pic.

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We, The RAL’s  were featured in Mozilla blog. Check out

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Weeks of Contribution program- An Initiative by Mozilla Tamilnadu Community

Hey guys,

Our Mozilla Tamilnadu Community’s Flagship Initiative this year is the WOC [ Weeks of Contribution] program.

WOC program Concept was initiated by our Mozilla rep Viswaprasath KS. The aim of this program is to bring more contributors to Mozilla.

It will also be a great opportunity for those who are in remote places and lack exposure. Since most of the Reps are in cities and chances are less for the Students in remote places to get a Live experience.

Hence we decided to make it ONLINE, so that everyone can access it from anywhere and anytime.

The Concept:

-Every Week, One of the contributors from our community takes initiative to take a session on one particular area of contribution that he/she is familiar with over Hangouts on Air.
-We then Create a FB Event page, Etherpad link, IRC channel and invite people on FB, Twitter, Telegram and through our Community mailing list.
-Each Session lasts up to 30-40 minutes approx. and ends with a Q & A Session over IRC. participants asks their doubts on IRC
-After the session. We conduct a Hands-on Workshop on the following week on what we taught over IRC.
[Say, We had one Session on Localization taken by Mozilla Rep Khaleel jageer of our community. On the following week we had IRC session where he helped lots of new contributors on creating a new account on verbatim and also instructed step by step, such that everyone learns together and if anyone gets stuck, We were all there to help.]
[For App Dev, ViS has encouraged many new contributors to create a GitHub page for their clubs and then create a App for their Club Website. We also have an active telegram group for ‘App Development team’]
We have covered topics like
  • Localization by Khaleel [REP]
  • MDN & Documentation by Karthic Keyan[ myself]
  • App Development by Viswa [ REP, FSA-Eboard]
  • Add-ons Development by Naresh [ REP, Senior Contributor]
  • WOMOZ by Shivika Sinha [ Club Lead, Super cool FSA]
  • MLS by Viswaprasath
  • SuMo by Khaleel
  • Club Website creation by Viswa
We thought that, to reach many FSA’s throughout the region, The only easiest and feasible way is through online activities.
To encourage participation and create a competitive as well as fun environment., We conducted Contests.
Like MLS contests, Localization Contests, Logo Design contests etc. We have a local leaderboard that is setup in our Community website. We track our local participants in sync with the global leaderboard scores and update the same in our local leaderboard and give away swags at the end of the contests for the top scorer.
Our community has grown with Awesome new contributors through this program and We believe this WOC Program will bring a good attention if implemented in other Communities also.
Meanwhile you can also check out my WOC program on Documentation and MDN- CLICK HERE

FSA Meetup Chennai

Date: 05 th July  2015

Location: Mcdonalds Valasaravakkam
Time: 1: 30 pm to  6 :30 Pm
Attendees:
  • Karthic keyan/ RAL- Tamilnadu [Myself]
  • Vigneshwer Dhinakaran /  Mozilla Rep
  • Naresh kumar/ Mozilla Rep
  • Venkatesh
  • Bharat
  • Mohammed Adam
  • Annamalai
  • T.H.Jagadesh
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Groups: Whatsapp group created and active.
Event Covered:
  • The event was a gathering of FSA’s / Mozillians who were interested to learn , contribute ,Share things about Mozilla . 
  • The event  mainly educated  mozillians and FSA to take up more roles in community building activities in Chennai.
  • Mozilla Chennai club was inaugurated. 
  • Planning and scheduling of upcoming events. 
  • Covered    topics such as Mozilla club, MDN, SUMO , Web literacy, Privacy ,  MLS ,  Webmaker ,  Localization, FireFox OS , and  different kind of events  like Appdays,  Hackathons, Marketplace days etc.
  • FoxYeah Campaign was discussed in detail.
  • Discussed etherpad hands on and related tools for  community functioning 
Upcoming Events in Chennai  :
 
  • Firefox OS App days in SRM Easwari – Sept – Karthic
  • Mozilla Chennai Club inaugural event –  Aug – Naresh
  • HTML5/JS DevCOn – DEC – Vigneshwer
  • Firefox OS appdays and mini hackathon – SEPT – Villipuram – Adam

My RAL Starter KIT- First Swags from Mozilla

Hey all,

Today [25-09-2015] Received my RAL Starter Kit from Mozilla through FedEx.

This is my First Swag pack from Mozilla.

I haven’t received any Swags from Mozilla till then.

I expected a Shirt and stickers. But when I opened the box. I was awestruck.

There were lotsss and lots of goodies in it.

1 Firefox T-Shirt

2 Sipper Water Bottle

5 Coolers

5 pen drives of 1GB

30 pens

20 pocket Diary

Thank you TJ Lee- Community Manager FSA and Mozilla for showing so much of love.

So guys., give your fullest support and dedication to Mozilla., And Mozilla will recognize you and reward.

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firefox for Windows 10 Campaign Challenge

Hey guys,

This is a blogpost on the Upcoming Firefox Campaign Challenge that will be taking place in 3 different places.

-Katpadi

-Vellore

-Chennai

Event Date: TBD [September month]

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Goals: Retaining Firefox Users on Windows 10

Target markets: Existing Firefox users in markets where we have high percentage of Windows 7 and 8.1 users

The Product: The latest Firefox release on August 11 focused on performance, stability and UX to integrate Firefox into the Windows 10 experience.

Strategy:

  • To Show users that Firefox is the right browser for Windows 10.
  • Communicate our differentiating values: Choice, Privacy and Quality
  • Educate our users about how they can maintain their choices and preferences before and after their upgrade experience.

What Firefox offers…

What is Firefox

  • Firefox is the trusted Web browser of choice for hundreds of millions of people around the world.
  • Firefox puts you in control of your online life and puts everything you need in a personal and customized Web experience.
  • We believe the Web should be open and accessible to all so we make Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux and localize it in around 90 languages with help from the global Mozilla community
  • Firefox has a streamlined and extremely intuitive design to let you focus on any content, app or website – a perfect balance of simplicity and power.

What has Firefox brought to the Web?

  • The short answer is, so much!
  • We created Firefox more than 10 years ago to deliver choice and control on the Web as part of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. Today, Firefox is the only trusted and independent choice.
    • Twice awarded Most Trusted Internet Company by Ponemon institute
    • Created by a non-profit, global community focused on putting users in the driver seat.
  • We are moving the Web forward as a platform. Just a few examples:
    • We’ve been first with leading privacy features and initiatives like DNT and the LightBeam add-on and dedicated to improving privacy with things like: guest browsing, the Forget Button and our continued work on Tracking Protection
    • We’ve pushed standards and pioneered new technologies like 3D graphics on the Web, Web real-time communications and more than 30 new mobile WebAPIs.
    • Firefox has thousands of Firefox Add-ons to customize everything about your Web experience.

Event Agenda:

-Introduction to Open Source
-What is Mozilla and its Mission
-Why firefox
-Install Firefox for Windows 10
-Set Mozilla Firefox as Default browser
-Firefox for Android
-Webmaker for Android
-Tweet the Firefox Browser in Windows Screenshot and hashtag with #Windows10

Swags for those
-Who installed Firefox Browser and Set as Default.
Extra Swags for those
-Who tweets or uploads screenshot on Facebook with hastag #Windows10 #MozTN and #Firefoxforwindows10

PS: If anyone would like to host a Campaign challenge in their School/College, Contact me 🙂