We sat down on last weekend of october and hosted the phase 2 of l10n event. This was a Hindi and Marathi combined event. Most of the participants participated remotely. The event was held at Crayolas Lab, Pune.
Every year India celebrates Science Day on 28th February. Science Day commemorates birth anniversary of Dr. CV Raman. On this day major scientific organizations are open for public as they showcase their work. Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT) is one of them. Every year a grand exhibition is held on the grounds of GMRT campus, more than , 20,000 people visit, that is why the event is called Science Day Festival.
Mozilla has also been part of the Festival for around 4 years now. Every year contributors from the Nashik and Pune community come together to represent Mozilla and to spread its mission of free and open web.
This year has been no different as our stall recieved wider appreciation both from the visitors and the organizers. This time we aligned ourselves according to the Mozactivate goals. Privacy and Security and WebVR recieved much appreciation. We also showcased localized Firefox.
This festival will always remain close to our hearts because this gives us an opputunity to take and showcase our work at the grassroot level. It is an absolute awesomeness to experience that more people are willing to learn new technologies and apply them in real life to make the world a better place.
In India National Science Day is celebrated on the occasion of Dr. CV Raman’s birth anniversary. Dr. Raman got Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of Scattering of Light called ‘The Raman Effect’.
On 28th of February Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT), Khodad organizes a 2 day Exhibition(read Festival) where people from all the age groups come to understand and experience the science. The students, volunteers and professors from various from various institutes and organizations participate in this festival. Nearly 20-25,000 people visit every year.
This year also, like last two years, Mozilla participated in the exhibition. With a clear agenda in mind we spoke about Privacy and Security and Localized Firefox for Desktop , Android and iOS. We also made people aware about Web-literacy and its advantages. Every person who came to the Mozilla booth learned something new.
This time to spread awareness about Localized version of Firefox for Desktop, Android and iOS, we distributed pamphlates which mentioned Download links. We also had surprise for the visitors of the booth,’Mozilla Box’, it had various goodies inside. We asked to pick one to every visitor who answered our questions.
Last but not the least, The GMRT authorities liked what we were presenting and asked us to come next year too.:) They also gave us certificate of participation and a memento.
This event was attended by Chandrakant Dhutadmal, Umesh Agarwal, Ankit Gadgil, Mayur Patil and me (Aniket Deshpande).
Please see all the photos of this event from the following Flickr link.
On the event day(6th September) we (all volunteers) reached early at the event venue. We had to take and arrange the partners’ stuff at the venue. We at the last moment changed the plan to move partners to the classrooms. The weather was unpredictable. People coming to the event had to register first and then were handed out the event schedule.
We started at 10am. Sayak introduced Mozilla and Vineel talked about Hive. Mark arrived just after we started. Sessions were going on in one classroom and partners booth were setup in different classrooms. The Exhibition started at 12 noon. Till then all booths were set up. All were excited about the exhibition. Rohit Lalwani explained the Fools theory of success. Suyash Kamat explained Film making and also showcased some of his own work. People were already at the booth before the exhibition started at 12pm. Here’s what everyone’s been doing at their booth.
These guys had a Quadcopter. They were demoing as well as explaining the technicalities of the Quadcopter.
Surendranath Reddy from Redd Robotics had a 3D printer with him. He was tirelessly explaining the awesomeness of 3D printing. People were amazed to see live 3D printing of an owl. Most of the guys/gals were like, “Can i take this one home?”. Surendranath Reddy was kind enough to give away a few 3D printed owls as souvenirs.
These guys were amazingly enthusiastic about making. They had pipe lamp, 3D pen and few other tools which they use. Here’s where people were experimenting with their creativity. The result was creative stuff coming out of it.
These guys made different kind of drones. They were showcasing some of their work. They explained how they made drones with minimal stuff. The most amazing thing about these drones was they were all automated.
Subojit Basu from Antfarm Robotics was explaining about swarm robotics and home automation. Swarm is all about how ants(robots) make their own decision about collecting maximum food for reproduction.
Vinay Mehta from Urbanbyte was explaining about creative photography and technical aspects of it. He was also showcasing trigger trap with explaining the use and advantages.
Internet of Things:
The guys at Internet of Things had arduino and tah, one of their own making. They were showcasing and explaining the amazing applications of arduino and tah.
Art and Craft: Diwanshi Pandey initiated the Art and Craft community into Mozilla. She was showcasing her work as well as explaining how art and craft can be made with minimal things.
Webmaker sessions started after lunch. People experimented with Thimble, X-ray goggles, Popcorn and Appmaker. They remixed some of the makes. We were totally amazed with the dedication with which the people were working on their remixing.
Before closing the event Mark Surman how Mozilla and its initiative Hive is working towards bringing the educators/makers together. He also explained how important we are in making this happen.
We selected the best makes that happened in the Webmaker sessions and gave away swags to their remixers. We had a group photo after formally closing the event.A big thanks to SICSR. They readily agreed to us for the venue. They helped us in every way they could. 400+ people attended the event. Collaboration, Sharing of Ideas, Fun and Creativity, these things happened. In short, the Maker Party Pune was a big success.
Thats’ all with Event day. Read the next blog about what happened at the Community meet-up. Thanks! for reading. 🙂
This all started when we started to think that we should have a big event. We also thought that how can this event be different, and the answer was Hive. The concept of Hive is to bring the makers/educators together to promote maker culture.
Planning When we started planning for the event, we had a few questions: 1. How many partners? That’s something we didn’t know initially. As the planning went on, the number was settled to 12.
2. What kind of partners? This was the question which was most discussed. We were not sure what kind of partners are ‘right’ for the event. We went with the partners which we already knew and/or already worked with.
3. How many people to target? We thought 200 would be the target as we had little time with us.
4. How to make the best use of the venue? Since the event would have drones and Quadcopters, we would need open space. We decided to use the PARKING of the Venue. We decided to make it a fair style, where people could see all the things.
Getting the partners What we did for getting the partners is, sent an email to them. 🙂 Almost everyone immediately responded with confirmation. Some were friends, friends of friends and the partners we already worked with (wouldnt call them partners, more of friends ). We pitched in a few ideas like DJing, Graffiti, Drum circle, which we pursued but couldn’t work out. Some contacted us and asked if they can partner with us. We were more than happy to say yes to new partners. Some of the partners also agreed to sponsor us in cash or/and kind.
Doing the Ground work Ground work consisted of numerous activities. Marketing, Logistics, Hospitality, Permissions etc.
Logistics: The nearest hotel to the venue was Hotel Sahara. accommodation was arranged for few partners along with the mozillians. SICSR was kind enough to give the initial booking amount to the hotel. Air and Train tickets were arranged as per availability.
Hospitality: The people who arrived on 5th September 2014 Dinner was arranged at Sukanta. On the event day breakfast and lunch for partners was arranged at the venue. After event dinner was arranged at Skye Lounge. Mark Surman and Clarice Wang were picked up from the Airport by Priyanka. Tripad’s Nano was always at service. Red Bull was also served free of cost.
Marketing: We printed a few hundred posters for the event. The initial plan was to put up the posters at the near by colleges and we did that. Posters were put up in almost 35-40 colleges. We also set up a Meet-up group for the event. We went viral on social media posted about the event where ever we could. Word of mouth was important, we told as many people we met/came across.
Media: We contacted local radio stations, but they were packed because of the Ganesh Festival going on. We also contacted other media agencies/newspapers. Pune Mirror featured our event on the Event page.
Permissions: All permissions were taken from the respective authority beforehand. Letter from SICSR was also issued to other colleges regarding their permissions to put up posters in their colleges.
Thats’ all with the Before Maker Party. Read the next blog about what happened at the Maker Party. Thanks! for reading. 🙂
GMRT: GMRT(Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope) is the world’s largest radio telescope operating at low radio frequencies. GMRT Observatory is managed by NCRA-TIFR.
National Science Day: National Science Day is celebrated on 28th Februaury for the discovery of the Raman effect by C.V Raman. C.V Raman got Nobel Prize for his discovery.
Main Attraction @GMRT:
The main attractions are the giant antenna and the two day grand science exhibition. The exhibition consists hundreds of students, professors, professionals and scientists.
मंडप क्रमांक ९(Tent Number 9):
This was the place of our stall. We(Mozilla India community) were with FOSS community India. FOSS community was showcasing Debian, Knoppix and Raspberry Pi. We had a bit of tough job in hand because of the following reasons:
1)People were in a hurry(a lot of them went away because we just had laptops!).
2)We couldn’t show people anything(Damn! No Internet!!).
What we did:
There were some awesome people who came, heard us and MIND BLOWN!!(Most of them said Hey!! I didn’t know that! This is awesome!).
We explained following things:
Mozilla’s Mission for Open Web
Privacy & Security
Firefox Student Ambassadors (FSA)
Most of the people were interested in Privacy & Security as they could totally relate with it. People were totally amazed when they saw Lightbeam.
The System Administrators at NCRA(National Center for Radio Astrophysics) and GMRT visited our stall. They were very happy with our explaination(specially loved Lightbeam!). They also wanted Mozilla events at NCRA. We assured them that we would definately come.
School and college students were eager to do webmaker events at their schools and colleges. We distributed Mozilla India Stickers among the kids! (That amazing feeling when you see happiness at a childs face!). FOSS Community India along with Mozilla were felicitated with a quote ‘for people by people!’
This exhibition was an important event because a lot of people come here (say about 25000!!!(2013 count)). This was an oppurtunity to reach up to the crowd we always dreamt of. We were pretty amazing for the first time. This crowd varied from 10 year old to 60 year old. We need strategies for handling these kind of events. One thing we can say for sure, everybody who came to our stall went with something new in his/her mind.
A big Thanks!:
Thank you! GMRT guys for arranging food, accommodation and transport. Thank you! FOSS community India which made Mozilla presence possible. All Nashik community Thank you! guys for coming all the way.
Gnunify is one of the biggest open source events in pune. Every year like every open source community Mozilla presence was there. With Mozilla there was Wikipedia, Drupal to name a few. Every year Mozilla arranges hackathons, talks and hands on sessions. But this year it was done differently. Booths were dedicated to each Mozilla’s project.
The people coming at the booths were curios to know about the different projects of Mozilla. Webmaker, Privacy & Security, FSA & Reps, MDN, Localization. The idea of the booth was to give people the choice to know what they want. This motive was very successful. People asked questions, were given hands on so they can experience better. This was the scene till the lunch time. After lunch the keynote speaker Josh Matthews gave the talk on how to start contributing to Mozilla. Soumya Deb introduced Firefox OS after Josh’s session. This was the first day.
On the second day, we started with talks. They were as follows:
* Diwanshi Pandey – Webmaker
* Priyanka Nag – MDN
* Aniket Deshpande (Me!) – Localization
* Ankit Gadgil – Privacy & Security
* Josh Matthews – Rust
* Soumya Deb – Firefox OS
*Sarabh Shah & Aniket Deshpande – FSA & Reps
About My Talk
I started my talk by asking , what is localization? Just to know everybody was awake!! 😛 I took the conventional way and presented the slides (Thank you Slideshare!). After presenting the slides I talked about how to join different l10n teams in detail. I contribute in Marathi Localization of Firefox Aurora. So I explained Pootle Demo (localize.mozilla.org) in detail. I also shared some issues like configuring the keyboard to the desired language, managing word count, and last but not the least what to localize and what not to.
FSA & Reps
Saurabh started the talk with the different streams in which one can contribute. He then handed over. FSA (Firefox Student Ambassador) program is there to start off the contribution from the students at very early stage. Writing blogs about events at your Firefox Clubs, sharing Picutres, is a way to show the world what you have been doing. FSA program is also about having a new leadership. This will make more contributors (not just event attendees).
It was a year ago. At Gnunify, after listening to Soumya Da on How to start contributing to Mozilla, I started contributing. And here I was, Gnunify again but this time as a Speaker. Amazing feeling! 🙂
It was first day at FUEL-GILT 2013. I met fellow mozillians Biraj, Chandan, Naresh. I was all excited to meet arky as i heard and read a lot about him. Arky along with his collegue Peiying arrived as the conference started. I introduced myself to arky at the tea break. Arky greeted everyone in their languages. First day of the conference was busy, couldn’t interact much.
The second day of the conference was very fruitful. Arky and Peiying exchanged their experiences with fellow mozillians at tea breaks and at lunch. I particularly remember one where Arky explained how things have changed over the years and how people are getting less interactive these days. Gate crashing at the parties is the secret how he evangalizes. There is no recipie how one should evangalize, improvisation is the key. I explained my approach, as a citizen of a society you have a moral responsibility to contibute to the society. In the same way as a netizen(Internet citizen) you have a moral responsibility to contribute to the web.
As the conference ended, mozillians at the venue were excited about the meet. We along with Arky and Peiying gathered at Hotel Blue Nile. We chose Blue Nile because Arky knew the place. Arky visited Blue Nile about 2 years ago, hotel owner still remembers him. We chose a quiet place to sit and ordered some food. We started introducing ourselves. Food was now in the plates, Arky asked us to shoot the questions (be it anything!). I know some Spanish and learning Bengali. I asked, “How do you learn new languages?”. “I see the videos that are made for children” Arky replied. He further explained, “It helps in understanding the language as small and easy sentences are used”.
Arky then explained Mozilla’s mission. Mozilla has no investors so it is not answerable to anyone but people, that is the key for innovation. With Netscape, Mozilla broke the monopoly of proprietary browsers. Mozilla stands for open web and strives for it.
Anish, who is Arky’s friend and a Redhat employee was also with us. He explained how asking questions helps. Peiying distributed the swag among all. Arky explained that he connects two like-minded people and puts them to work. Arky always has ‘let’s do it!’ attitude. He told us, lack of determination power is stopping you from doing a lot of things. He gave us an example of a girl in Nairobi. She wanted to go to hackers school in US, but couldn’t go. Now, she has raised enough money and bringing hackers school in Nairobi.
We all decided to leave as it was already getting late. It was two days of awesome interaction with Arky and Peiying. A lot of takeaways from the meetup. Thanks a lot Arky and Peiying.
Arky is a technologist, hacktivist and an artist with over 10 years of experience with GNU/Linux and now works at Mozilla as community manager.
You can read his blog. Contact him at facebook or tweet @playingwithsid.
I have been working in Marathi localization of Firefox from about 4 months. There are several things which i realised in the process. Localized builds of Firefox are not popular in India. Which is sad but true. Unlike European countries indians prefer to use english builds as they grow up seeing eveything english. But maximum people who do not know english still use a computer find it very hard to cope up with.
If we want people to use firefox in their language, we have to give them a reason to use it. We have to make the builds popular. And we have to do it through schools and colleges. We have to target specific language medium schools. Here we have to make the child’s parents understand that how important it is for him/her to use Firefox in local language.
We have to make people understand that using localized products does not make them look backward. The goal is to make people aware of what they have in their hand. They have the world’s most awesome browser that too in their localized language.