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.
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