Cross-posted on Mozilla Gujarat’s blog.

A Brief Introduction of Maker Fest:

Maker Fest is the Indian continuation of Maker Faire hosted across America, Europe, Africa and Japan. Maker Faire, which launched in California in 2006, now hosts hundreds of thousands attendees. It is the amalgamation of festivals celebrating the innovators and an art show with booths for inventors, demonstrations, and workshops for attendees.

Maker Fest is about developing a great maker community where people can learn and share about making. Creators, artists and hobbyist across the country are invited to present their contemporary applications of ideas using the vast ocean of art, science and technology.

To know more, click here.

The Agenda:

  1. Introduction to Campus Clubs
  2. Introduction to WebVR
  3. Introduction to Rust
  4. Privacy Awareness
  5. What is OpenSource?
  6. What is Mozilla?

We all know that Mozilla appreciates the maker community as well as the others because it believes in a co-existential society where we all here to live together and grow which makes the presence of Mozilla at an event if such magnitude an important one. The event itself was pretty diverse as people from arts to science and technology, each and every one of them are on a single stage and so has to be the team from Mozilla, open and diverse.

A Brief Introduction of Mozilla Team:

  1. Mehul Patel
  2. Mansi Trivedi
  3. Vigneshwar Dhinakaran
  4. Tanay Pant
  5. Md Shabaz Alam
  6. Anubha Maneshwar
  7. Pranshu Khanna
  8. Rufus Chakravarthy Sharma
  9. Kamlesh Vilpura
  10. Ipsha Bhinodia
  11. Vishal Chavan
  12. Viral Parmar
  13. Mayur Patil

So the team gathered on the venue on the Sixth of January and each one of them introduced themselves as they cam into the hotel one by one from their flights, buses, trains or homes. It had been a long ride for each and one of them but all of them Mozillians were prepared to have work for and towards a common goal that is, to make people realize that the world is big enough for everyone to fit everyone in and we’re here to make it a better place.

The introductions were complete and the team started talking through the preparations and how we will proceed through the three-day period ahead of us and caught up on the details we were to emphasize on, the most. The sudden realization felt to the need of posters and that was it, the team started working right away! Got fresh, and thanks to the art work of Anubha Maneshwar, the resilience of Mansi Trivedi and coloring skills of Dhinakaran Vigneshwar, the team made hand-made covers in the hotel itself and were able to go and prep the stall later on.

The whole team was starving as most of them had skipped their lunches so, all of them were out to get some post-lunch. The team ordered Pav Bhaji(which had extra butter), Cheese Sandwich(which had extra cheese), Sev Puri(which the Maharashtra crowd didn’t find too spicy) and the coffee(which was too strong for a reason).

The team departed for the venue so as to each member of the team was excited to enjoy the inaugural proceedings, but it never really got to that! As soon as people saw the Mozilla boards going up, the team welcomed by a great crowd asking us about Open Source, Campus Clubs and everything. The whole team missed the inauguration ceremony due to the warm reception but ended up getting really tired with the overwhelming work each one of them had done through the day plus of course, the travel.

After the working part of the Day One ended, the locals Mansi, Mehul and Viral took them to a famous Ahmedabad Food Market, ManekChouk. The place is famous for various street food delicacies and the most famous dishes were ordered for them, Gwalia Dosa and the Chocolate Cheese Sandwich. The locals seemed fine after the dinner, but the rest of them were done with butter for the rest of their lives.

End of Day One.

Day Two.

The team reported at the venue, and before even setting up the crowd came in. Most of the team was busy setting up the stall while D. Vigneshwar handled the more technical crowd at the start, Mehul briefed the semi-technicals while Mansi approached the locals in Gujarati.

One such moment arrived when this kid dragged his other to the stall saying, “Mumma, Mozilla!” and she was stumped looking at her kid talking technology with our very own Mehul Patel. Check out a glimpse of it in the video below:

The stage was set, the crowd came pouring in and the knowledge was flowing through. These were the topics we discussed and the roles were taken on quickly by each and every one in the team:

Web Compact, Test Pilot, Innovation Tool-Kit, Web Privacy

Vineel, Mehul, Ipsha, Tanay, Viral, Rufus & Mayur derived into the other areas & explained the value of these activities to the visitors.

Anubha, Pranshu, & Kamlesh took the pictures and kept all of the community updated.

Campus Programs – Mansi did a great job in making people realize the need of a campus club as it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.

Rust –  D. Vigneshwer’s role was to be an advocate and an developer evangelist to the people who were interested in this blazingly fast and highly safe system programming language which has an potential to re-innovate the web!

WebVR – Shahbaz took up responsibility to give a WebVR demo, all of the visitors were interested to try it out and had an new experience of the web.

Privacy Month – Vishal spread the awareness about Privacy and wanted the people to understand the immediate need of data protection.

The day ended so fast that neither one of the team realized until they got hungry. We had some pretty interesting food stalls at the venue itself, and the team had something or the other their too as to try out what they had to offer but the main course was at the Gordhan Thaal, which offered a delicious Unlimited Thali which all of the team members enjoyed.

After a delicious dinner, the team decided to visit the Flower Show at the Riverfront, Ahmedabad as it’s been pretty famous and as each one of them reached, they all could see the crowd coming their way which only meant one thing, it was closed. The team got late, without even realizing that it’s now 10pm. No regrets! The team was at the riverfront and enjoyed each other’s company at the riverfront and took pictures and enjoyed Ahmedabad’s cool breeze.

End of Day Two.

Day Three.

While the Day Two was hectic, and that’s what the team expecting on the third day as well, but it turned out to be more fun than any of them had thought. Some of the members were late, but the rest of the team handled their positions as well as the chemistry had grown too strong to know about what the other one was talking about as well. The Day Three proceeded fine and each one of the team members went on to check out other stalls as well.

By this time we had nicknames for each other, having fun around each other and this was for the whole gang. We changed into our Mozilla Activate gear for the final day and clicked a lot of pictures to made a lot of memories. Each one of us may or may not be technically skilled but we have one thing in common i.e., passion for One Web which for all of us and that showed that however different we are, we sure are compatible for the same reason.

The Maker Fest is an interesting place where like-minded people meet together to interact and develop each other and to celebrate the Maker Spirit and that’s was what it was, in the air. Making stuff from Balloons to Pottery, and from drones to simple robots. It was the perfect stage to bring all of us together.

The day was to end and many had to return to their normal lives and that’s how the Dominoes kept falling after Vishal left the team for his place right after the event. The rest of team had dinner at Tomato’s and ice-cream at Creamistry while remembering the jokes from what had been the most eventful event of the year yet(it had only been 8 days! :P).

Here are the blog links:

  1. Experience at Maker Fest 17 by D. Vigneshwer.
  2. Journey to MAkeRfeSt by Rufus C. Sharma
  3. Mozilla at MakerFest ’17 by Pranshu Khanna

Link to the Pictures:

A Special thanks to the each and every one of the team member for the #Badass #Kickass fun we had.

It’s been quite an experience.

Signing off, Pranshu Khanna.


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