Cross-posted on Mozilla Gujarat’s blog.
This particular blog is about our tiring and unexpected trip to Saffrony College’s Tech Fest, VEYG’17 as we were looking forward to get on with another Mozilla Activate event!
Here is the link where you can find more info: http://saffrony.ac.in/saffrony-tech-fest-veyg-2017/
I got a call from Mehul Patel on the 17th to check if I’m free on the 22nd since we’d discussed about increasing my involvement with the community-building and hence, he asked me to go to the Saffrony Institute of Technology and talk about Mozilla. I immediately agreed and it was for me and Moin Sir to go to Mehsana and spread awareness about us and build a platform for them to understand more and more about us and the community that we work in.
So, me and Moin Sir discussed the details and we were ready to give them an introduction about every field they could contribute in so that they could select one and start contributing in one or the other!
There were some last minute changes which led to the absence of Moin Sir and Sameer Bhatt, but we had Sumit Rajput and three other volunteers in our team. The team was:
- Pranshu Khanna
- Sumit Rajput
- Akshay Koshti
- Malav Shah
- Darshit Shah
The Event Day
We decided to meet at the ST Bus Stand, Geeta Mandir at 8am and we did reach there but it turned out the bus was late. We discussed the proceedings there, and meanwhile the bus arrived. The bus ride went for another two hours in scorching heat and it was really hard to bare the heat!
We reached there and it was a shocker to us that it looked more of a cultural fest really with Gujarati Pop songs playing all along and people dancing around.
We finally got to the stall and it wasn’t covered, so we had to move it under the tree-shade. The volunteers were good enough to actually agree standing there with us for a while which I felt was really good of them!
We met a few people and told them about Mozilla and invited them to the workshop we were going to host for them during the Tech Fest.
As people came along, we explained them about Mozilla and the contribution areas and how awareness is important and the need of Web Literacy from a community standpoint.
We later on went to the workshop and explained them in detail about Mozilla, and moreover, about:
- Web Literacy
- 21C Skills
- Web Compatibility
This was all we could discuss in the two hours we were given, so we completed that and left for the tiring journey back to Ahmedabad. We stood all the way back to Ahmedabad and finally got into our autos where we could finally rest a bit by sitting.
This was all about our hot and tiring journey to the VEYG’17!
This trip made me realize how important is it to reach out to areas where people are trying to get out of their shell but they haven’t been able to.and once we get them started, they have the potential to thrive!