#WebVR @ MozNirma

#WebVR @ MozNirma

Cross posted on the Mozilla Gujarat’s blog.

DESCRIPTION:

A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences, making it easy for anyone to get involved with virtual reality. Its goal is to onboard developers into 3D and advance WebVR, an open platform for virtual reality that leverages the Web. Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity.

A-Frame is used extensively by the Mozilla VR team to prototype and experiment with WebVR. Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology.

DATE & TIME:

April 21, 2017 – 1400 to 1800 Hours.

VENUE:

Nirma University, Ahmedabad

ATTENDEES: 60 Students

PERSONAL NOTE

Campus Clubs is a major part of our DNA since that’s not just a way to get us contributors but also, it helps regular college students get more and more exposure towards new technologies and platforms through which they can connect with people who have gone through it and have reached a level higher. These Campus Clubs help us recognize talent and get us new contributors, and if not that, we find community builders and rockstars which MozNirma club has in abundance. They work quite well, and have quite an understanding and a vision towards building a better future for those around them.

Let’s not get away with words(A note for me!)

A WebVR event with A-Frame is what we had planned and I’d prepared myself for a smashing event since the word I’d gotten from previous mentors who had payed them a visit before were pretty impressed by their infrastructure and their knowledge. A mentor even asked me to be well prepared because they ask a lot of questions, adn I stood there confused, thinking about what should i really expect!? When they(MozNirma) needed someone to get them started with WebVR activities and they contacted Mehul who asked me if I could and since I was free,  I went on with it!

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The Uber dropped me at Nirma University gate and there were already posters of TedX Nirma University which made me feel that the crowd I’ll be facing would definitely compare me with the level of what’s coming to them later on. Jugal, from the core team came out to the gate to receive me and their campus is mighty good and clean! I’ve been to Nirma before, but that was four years ago and it looked emptier then but obviously, they’ve improved and looked good!

I went in and met the team, and I found them a peppy lot who are curious and want to do something with the resources that they have at hand. We waited for the participants to complete their classes and come in to get settled and discussed their previous events, vision, journey of Mozilla and they seemed more than interested.

We were interrupted by sixty people, not really! But, yeah, when you have so many people waiting for you, you can’t really just focus on just a single conversation.

Infront of me, sixty students, pin drop silence, which I don’t like, but there it was. I started talking, and they sat there with disciplined and listening to me. I asked them a few questions about Mozilla and VR and AR, to check what they know and what not. I had spoken for about 25-30 minutes and they were listening to me silently, which I felt was awkward, and they didn’t. I don’t know why! Maybe it’s because I’ve worked with kids lately, and they are very very very interactive. they have such bizarre ideas, and they blurt them out feeling in no way that they will be embarrassed but these were college students who were so conscious to open up. So, I did what do, I called up a singer from the bunch and made everyone sing Closer by Chainsmokers. Why?

Cause why the heck not?

It’s a workshop for like-minded people who are here to work on new technology which is open-source, it’s not a class. Okay, it might’ve gotten weird at some point, but it was either really fun or they lied to me! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Back to the topic, we proceeded and got more into technology and VR and devices.

We went on and answered the following questions:

How these Devices work?

What all hardware’s involved?

What all software’s involved?

Where does A-Frame enter?

What is WebGL?

How do these work?

Why HTML+CSS?

And a lot more!

We had answered all the Whats and Whys but we had to come to the How? because that’s what we were there to do! To learn how make new scenes on WebVR! We went on to how we can make new scenes and make use of the objects we have and how to manipulate them to make something new and kickass!

While doing all-of-it, none of us realized that only 19 minutes had left. So, we stopped there and revised what we’d learned by asking question and distributed swags for every right answer, and well, for every try.

We ended the session on a great note, and a conversation with amazing group pictures!

It’s great to see so many enthusiastic new developers entering the Virtual realm and that’s how the community will grow, and that is the way it should be!

Signing off, Pranshu Khanna! 🙂

Links:

All the pictures on the Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2Zb2r6fnY9XRl9tbEF1R09rc1E

Etherpad Link: https://public.etherpad-mozilla.org/p/WebVR_Camp_by_Mozilla_Gujarat

Rep’s Page Link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/webvr-camp-by-moznirma-club/

My Mozillians Profile: https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/pransh15/

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GoGo VEYG’17

Cross-posted on Mozilla Gujarat’s blog.

Hey there!

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:

  1. Pranshu Khanna
  2. Sumit Rajput
  3. Akshay Koshti
  4. Malav Shah
  5. Darshit Shah

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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!

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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:

  1. Web Literacy
  2. 21C Skills
  3. Web Compatibility
  4. Rust
  5. WebVR

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!

#GoGoZindabad

Mozilla at MakerFest ’17

Mozilla at MakerFest ’17

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.

Fun Masti #MakerFest2017 #MozillaAtMF17 #Mozillians #Mozlove

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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.

The awesome #MozIN community members wrapping up the show in #MozillaAtMF17 #MozGuj

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The awesome #MozIN community members wrapping up the show in #MozillaAtMF17 #MozGuj

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The awesome #MozIN community members wrapping up the show in #MozillaAtMF17 #MozGuj

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It’s been quite an experience.

Signing off, Pranshu Khanna.

Gujarat’s First Maker Party!

Gujarat’s First Maker Party!

The Baroda Trio i.e., Dhaval, Miten and Me had been planning this since a long time but we just couldn’t find enough time from our schedules to pull this off since an event like this takes about a month at least to perfectly execute. Although, if you’ve read my previous blogs you’d know how I always say that we three have been planning this and that and yes, we always do but we can’t just pull it off really easily.

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A couple of months before the event there were discussions about the venues and the website and the swags and the budget, etc. I couldn’t participate and I was busy somewhere and I checked my phone and it said 300-something Telegram messages. I thought, what now? Is it about the re-structure? Or test pilot? But no, it was Gujarat’s first maker party and I was excited cause we’d been planning this since a long time and now it’s finally happening. We all participated and put in our suggestions and the day went on until we got our final venue.

 

I went off for a vacation to Delhi and Himachal, and I was out for a pretty long time. You can enjoy some moments from my trips too. 😀

When I came back(Major network issues feat. BSNL), I can only see messages of this is done and that is to be completed and stuff. I was done pretty fast and I cannot take any of the credit for the work they’d done cause the team worked really well and fast. I didn’t know how the days passed but what we thought, they did it.

Since they were far off ahead in their preps, I couldn’t participate and help and me entering to help now would’ve made no sense so I let it be and watched the build a Maker Party Gujarat website which is so cool! I had stuff and events of my own to handle so I moved on to that and promised to try and be there during the events.

 

The day had finally arrived, I tweeted(@pransh15) how I was excited for the Maker Party and even posted it on Snapchat(@pransh15). I took a BRTS and reached the Chandkheda GTU Campus in an hour only to find thousand of students clogging the gate and then and there I realized what i was told when i was sitting with two Mozilla Reps about 8-10 months ago, Rahul Talreja had said, “It has the potential to change the face of the coming generation if done right.” and he was right! I asked Dhaval after entering, how many people? He said 4500! I was shell-shocked! Whoa!

The events had started already and we all volunteers were in different workshops making sure that the proceedings were going fine and they were. The students seemed to enjoy every workshop whether it was WebCompact, Python, MozVR, Material Design. We didn’t have one single complaint from the students.

I couldn’t be there the next day as I had to be somewhere else and Mansi made sure that she made me feel guilty about not being there. Well, she succeeded in doing that!

 

Here are some Twitter posts from that day, enjoy!

 

If you’ve made it till here, you have a lot of patience!

Anyway, from this event I realized that we can make a big big difference with more such workshops because some people just need just one day to turn around their lives and that can happen for these students and even if one of them succeeds in his/her life, we win.

Signing off, Praanshu Khanna! 🙂

#TeachTheKids @ Varnama

#TeachTheKids @ Varnama

DESCRIPTION:

#TeachTheKids is an initiative which aims at educating school kids about the basics of Computers, Internet and other similar stuff, in a fun and interactive way. This is also mainly concentrated on small schools with fewer facilities. The scope of this could be extended by forming Webmaker School Clubs.

DATE & TIME:

March 21, 2016 – 9am to 12pm

VENUE:

Shree Seva Samaj Sharda Mandir, Varnama, Vadodara

ATTENDEES: 100-150 Students

PERSONAL NOTE

My family has been donating clothes, toys, etc. to kids on festivals since I was a kid and it’s a joy to watch them have those and the smile on their faces when they get it so it has been my goal on a personal level to contribute to the ones in need however I can because I know what not having the right resources mean. We’ve been brought up with a silver spoon if we compare ourselves to these poor kids who don’t have much options but to study in the same Government school where they have only one computer in the whole school, that too in the Principal’s office. This has been a motive for me, to contribute to this part of the society so that even if they mightn’t become great CEOs or anything, at least they won’t be left behind.

PREPARATIONS

So, we had been urging Miten to talk to the Principal of the school who apparently is his neighbor and could give us dates so that we could further process that to our college and get permission and plan things ahead and only a week ago we had decided that we’re going to do this, finally!

Me, Dhaval and Miten were so excited and were preparing all the content and watching videos on how to teach kids while entertaining them because it won’t be as easy to educate them then it is to adults because they have the prerequisites and these kids don’t. We prepared some content which had a few Presentations, a few Word Files and a few images to show them what we couldn’t bring or wasn’t available.

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We selected our team on the basis of enthusiasm shown by the new recruits and their interaction level,  on how open they are so that they could freely interact with the kids without hesitation. The Final Team was:

  1. Miten Kashiyani
  2. Pranshu Khanna
  3. Dhaval Joshi
  4. Aarti Tahiliani
  5. Shruti Chaturvedi
  6. Maitri Bhavsar
  7. Dharmesh Solanki
  8. Tatvagna Shah
  9. Ripunjay Patel

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We decided our final team by Friday and explained the content to them. We decided to take the students in groups because we planned classes for standards 6th to 9th and it wouldn’t be possible to teach them all at once because the school didn’t have such a big hall/auditorium which could fit these many students and we also wanted to make sure that every student gets attention and learns. So, the groups were:

6th and 7th: Miten, Aarti and Ripunjay

8th: Pranshu, Shruti and Dharmesh

9th: Dhaval, Maitri and Tatvagna

THE TEACHING DAY

The day had finally come! Me, Dhaval and the three girls met at the Bus Depot at around 8:15am and went on to hire an auto to take us to the village where we reached there by 8:40am. Meanwhile, we could spot our fellow Mozillians riding towards the destination. We reached and went straight to the Principal’s office to personally meet him and to discuss the agenda for the day, which was:

  1. Introduction to Computers
  2. Parts of a Computer
  3. What is Internet?
  4. Operating System
  5. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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The Principal went on to give instructions to the teachers while we discussed how we were going to manage the use of the Computer as there was only one and we had to make sure that they learn the basic computer and then could see the difference between a computer and laptop. He then called us outside where we saw all the students sitting in a particular order around where the seats were set. We were then asked to get seated as the Principal addressed the students the value of computers in future and asked them to learn well as they didn’t have the resources and the staff to teach what we were there to teach them. We then gave our introductions to the students in Gujarati/Hindi as it was a Gujarati Medium School and they didn’t understand much of English. The students were interactive and seemed pretty excited to learn something new.

 

We then distributed the students according to their classes and even the teams went on to their classes. We were in charge of the 8th standard, so we headed towards the 8th standard class to teach them some new things.

We started off with the basics of Computer, the ALU, CU, RAM, ROM, etc. and then went on to the parts of the computer and how the input and output devices work. We had a computer to point it out to them, so it was really helpful and then we moved on to, What is Internet? More than half of the class knew what is internet due to the smartphone culture. The students interacted well and were very keen to learn. The group I led had Shruti and Dharmesh in it, two excellent volunteers who were able to reach out to them when needed and even explained them bit by bit everything they needed to learn. Since I’m not too fluent in speaking Gujarati, they corrected me when I was wrong and were extremely helpful.

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After letting them know about the World Wide Web, we explained them how web addresses works and how do we connect to it. After that, we covered Operating Systems, since they need to know about working environments in order to be a smart consumer later on. The understanding of a topic such Operating systems enabled us to explain them about Files, Folders, Applications and Browsers. That was what we taught them in a nutshell.

After the completion of the discussed Agenda, we asked them a few questions and gave out swags and chocolates to the ones who answered. A girl who stood out of the crowd was, Parthvi who was extremely intelligent and knew half of it beforehand and we urged her to study harder so that she could chase her dreams someday, it’s inspiring really!

We wrapped up the event with a picture with the Principal and the school staff, and clicked a few selfies with the team which was followed by a Group Lunch in a Food Court nearby.

It’s funny how sometimes we forget the importance of education, only when you see someone who doesn’t have the resources you realize how good you had it. It was a successful event and an inspiring one. The team enjoyed, the kids enjoyed and the teachers were happy to see their students participate.

Doing Good Is a Part Of Our Code.

Signing off, Pranshu Khanna! 🙂

MozMeet @ BITS Edu Campus

MozMeet @ BITS Edu Campus

Description:

MozMeet is an event where FSAs and Reps come together and interact with each other to share information, or to make announcements, etc.

Venue:

BITS Edu Campus

Attendees: Less than 50

Here it goes..

So, we had planned the MozMeet since the inauguration of the BITFox Club so that we could brief the new recruits about the FSA Program and many other things but we initiated the event after the Internet of Things event. We expected not more than 50 participants and about 40 were present which is a big deal considering that it was an OFF day at college.

The event was to start at 2pm and we had time till 5pm. Me, Dhaval and Miten were going to speak on various topics and we decided that the agenda of the day would be:

  1. About Mozilla
  2. FSA Program
  3. Contribution Areas
  4. Workshop Experience

So, Miten being the club leader started speaking About Mozilla. He talked about how Mozilla is a non-profit organization and it is made of volunteers like us who contribute to make the world a better place. We showed them videos of people who were Mozillians, and how it works and the hierarchy.

Then we 3 came together and spoke about the rest of the topics, starting from the Workshop Experience so that we would let them our know our first-hand experience and get them excited about how we worked with some of the best people and what experience and knowledge we gained.

We then moved on to the Contribution Areas with all the knowledge we gained from the reps we’ve met since we joined the program to get them a step ahead and so that they could start contributing early. We explained all of the contribution areas and urged them to start ASAP, and if they’re not free there is no pressure, start late, but do contribute!

After they got to know about the contribution areas, they were enrolled into the FSA Program and were given links to do so. The ones who weren’t were finally recruited, and there were already some who had attended the inauguration and enrolled before the event.

It was great to interact with these students and here is the Feedback given by a few of them.

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They were excited, and asked us to involve them in more and more activities so that they could learn more, so.. Onto the next one!

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Web Of Things and Firefox OS @ Footprintsx6

 

Hey Friends,

This blog post is about my recent event Footprints x6 at Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda’s Techfest. Workshop was held on 2 days on 20th and 21st Feburary, along with this we had live booth by Mozilla India (Gujarat Community) for all 3 days where we explained attendees about Internet Privacy and FSA Program. The Fest had participation of more than 20,000 students from state of Gujarat and all nearby places.

About Footprints

Being one of the third largest and most known technical fest of country, they have also been winners of GUINNESS RECORD and LIMCA RECORD in past years. The event from Footprints’ side was handled by Mayank Solanki who also enjoyed Mozilla’s presence at their college and were pretty satisfied with the reviews. The techfest is always under spotlight considering the amount of attendees and the guest list they have.

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The Grand Entrance.

 

Day 1

The day kicked off with my roomates getting jealous that I wouldn’t have to go to college and would go to the techfest to do some amazing stuff for Mozilla. The three volunteers coordinated and reached the venue at 9 so that we could roam around and explore the area so that we would be more comfortable showing the Mozilla team around because we were from the same city or could know where to go or whom to contact if we needed something. Altogether, we had a lot of fun and even clicked a few pictures!

 

 

At around 10am Rahul Talreja and Dipesh Monga reached the venue and we greeted them and introduced ourselves. After that we briefed them about the crowd and events, they took a moment to look around and we started setting up camp.  The Booth was live by 12pm, and we had the crowd’s attention right away with those Mozilla and Firefox banners.

 

The Booth was set up with banners and swags with people flooding in asking about the FSA program, “What is it?” “You’re from Mozilla?” and we explained them everything and started recruiting FSAs on the spot. Miten and I were explaining and Dhaval was busy sorting the workshop kits with Dipesh. While we were explaining, Rahul had another privacy class going on for the ones who had enrolled with us already after listening to what Miten and I had to say.

After a while we were pretty hungry and had lunch which was provided by the Footprints team. It was long conversation among the guys while eating as we talked about how and what we can do to contribute more, Mozilla Leadership Summit, College clubs, etc.

After the lunch we went back to the booth answered many questions and recruited many more FSAs. By evening, we were tired and we packed our stuff because all of the events were almost over and while we were packing, a Footprints’ coordinator shows up and asks us to come with them for the Chris Korn’s “The Illusionist”. We packed our stuff, kept it at the guest house and went to the event as asked.

 

Then we got back to the guest house to prepare for next day’s workshop. First we reassembled the kit and checked the material. After all the preparation, the Footprints team came to the guest house and invited us for dinner and we went over to the New Alka Restaurant in Fatehgunj and had a great time with them.

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Day 2

A new day! We reached the venue where the workshop was to be conducted and saw the Auditorium full with all the 38 teams seated in place with 3 members in each team. When we  reached, we saw Rahul already speaking with Ram Dayal and Dipesh Monga setting up his demo Arduino with Vishnu Teja. Drishti Pandya too helped us handling the crowd who constantly needed help, over 130 students had questions every time an instruction was passed out by the team. The event started witfh a brief introduction by all of us and about Firefox, Mozilla and Firefox OS. We then handed out all the kits and explained its components.

After that Ram and Dipesh came and they gave a little introduction to Internet of things (IoT) and its future scope and also explained about the new track we’re onto “Connected Devices”. After that we had an exam of Digital Communication so we left and came back after exam in the evening. On day 1 of workshop most of all the participants were ready with the robo and it was working as well. It was good to see happy faces when students really made it with Arduino, Ultrasonic Sensor, L293D driver IC and motors.

After that Rahul introduced about Web Privacy with live examples of LightBeam that really surprised the students. Then Dipesh took over the mic to talk about the ‘Raspberry Pi’, and advanced micro-controller, and described its working and specifications. Dipesh gave a demo of Firefox OS on the Raspberry Pi! And also demonstrated about how can they get experience of Firefox OS even they have no phones, and that is just by using WebIDE in Firefox Browser named FoxHood. We summed up the workshop by giving them details about the Ambassador program and how it is connected to the community in Gujarat and how can they contribute to make this web a better place. The students were really into it and wanted to join the program. We gave them our contact numbers and social handles so that they could contact us local volunteers if they had any queries.

That’s how we ended the workshop on a great note, giving out certificates and Swags. The students were completely satisfied with every speaker, the kit and the volunteers too.

Proud Moment

The proud moment of being in Mozilla community and the power and value of open source we all again experienced, when Mr. Throop took his phone out for having a snap with us. And we had a word with him about Mozilla and its open source and he was truly impressed and told us that I also do use ‘Firefox’ Browser and I love it.

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With Mr. Henry Throop(Senior Research Scientist(PSI), New Horizon Mission NASA)

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  • Ram Dayal
  • Rahul Talreja
  • Dipesh Monga
  • Miten Kashiyani
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  • Pranshu Khanna
  • Dhaval Joshi
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