Cross-posted on Mozilla Gujarat’s blog.
A Brief Introduction of FootPrints X8:
FootPrints is about bringing a lot of college students at one stage to learn, compete and enjoy more. They have a huge offline marketing and promotional team which goes to various colleges since two months before the fest starts. Mozilla always teaches around 150 participants every year and this time there were 137 participants.
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A Brief Introduction of Mozilla Team:
- Prathamesh Chavan
- Md Shahbaz Alam
- Shina Dhingra
- Pratik Parmar
- Miten Kashiyani
- Dhaval Joshi
- Moommad Yahya
- HariOm Panchal
- Sohail Sheikh
- Vaidehi Parikh
- Sumit Rajput
- Pranshu Khanna
These were the Mozillians who helped in running this event very smoothly.
I reached the venue to set up the booth at around 9 AM and was shortly joined with Sohail. Before even properly setting up, I had opened my laptop flap open and a bunch of students who were passing by noticed the Mozilla logo to ask what is Mozilla doing here? I mentioned the booth and the workshop for which they got really excited. I asked them if they knew what Mozilla was, and they replied, it’s Firefox and I had to correct them which lead to more people joining in for a 20-minute conversation. They couldn’t get a seat at the workshop, unfortunately since the registrations were closed by then.
While this was happening, HariOm arrived and joined Sohail to set up the booth. He had come from all the way to Ahmedabad which is why he was a tad bit late. I was expecting Miten to be there sooner but I called him and got the news of him being stuck in a different city altogether. Other volunteers had informed me prior to the first day that they were going to unavailable for one reason or the other(most of them were doing awesome work somewhere else!).
The booth was decorated with the posters we had made for the MakerFest and we are so happy to have made those earlier because it wasn’t going to be easy for us to make those with our own hands. Huge shout-out to the people who helped us making those in MF’17 and MF’18 in Ahmedabad. We had many visitors and interacted with a lot of people in that heat.
That was the end of the booth on Day One, as we parted ways to meet the next day.
I arrived at the Guest House at midnight, since I wanted to receive Prathamesh, Shahbaz and Shina. I had met Prathamesh Sir at the MakerFest(#CouncilWaaleSir) and he was more than happy to have gotten the invitation to interact with more Mozilla Gujarat volunteers. I had met Shahbaz Bhaii earlier and had been in touch with him since MF’17. He was more than happy to top-up VR with AR. I hadn’t met Shina before, but she was starting with WebVR and was happy to come since our community has no female VR contributors and we needed someone to reach out to them.
A very friendly and sweet Frankie a.k.a Ram Dayal a.k.a Maahir(This is the real name!) called Prathamesh Sir to wake up so that we could go ahead and reach on time for the workshop. We reached around 9:30, and started right away with Mozilla, Open Source and the basics of VR, and what is A-Frame. Apart from the Prathamesh, Shina, Shahbaz, it was me, Sohail, Miten, HariOm and Yahya, who were at the venue, taking care of the event process.
The speakers called lunch at 11:30.
“Chicken!”, cried the stomachs of a few who were going, except Miten. He is a vegetarian. We all departed for Nosh Faarmaiyen for some Mughlai and Avadhi delecacies, which is where a conversation was sparked about how Chickens and Vegetarians are harmful for the planet. Miten, the only vegetarian there could not make a valid case for them but you can comment on the blog if you can help him out because we certainly proved it to him. 😛
We ate a lot! Shahbaz Alam hadn’t eaten since the previous evening and I hadn’t eaten since more than 24 hours. The eating took a lot of time, we reached at the workshop around 1PM. Prathamesh Sir and Shahbaz Sir went and hit the spots right away by explaining how the tags work, how the JS link works, everything on Glitch. They got indulged in conversations and solving bugs with the participants along with the volunteers. Our goal was to prepare them to create and structure their scenes so that they can implement AR the next day!
After showing them the scenes, objects, animations, they were given a task, to create advanced scenes with their imagination by the end of the day. It was a havoc after that! We had a lot of people working in teams, and trying to create new scenes which we hadn’t seen before. People were free to participate and win t-shirts, whoever makes the best one!
We wrapped up the session after that to leave for the guest house and change. After changing, and freshening up we all took a trip to the nearby famous Kamatibaug. I have been in Baroda for years, but even I hadn’t visited it, ever! I missed it this time as well since, I had to rest a bit. I met them straight for dinner, at the Food Street near the guesthouse after which Shahbaz Sir had some trouble sleeping, but Prathamesh Sir slept soundly, which is when me, Pratik, Shina and Shahbaz Sir talked for over an hour. We discussed a lot of tech with the Blockchain Speaker, and called it a day.
We woke up and reached right on time to start with AR. I had the privilege to ride behind Shina(terrible and rash driver!). I took a sigh when we reached the venue and got on with it. We went on ahead with AR ToolKit and explained a couple of examples and that was it. The FootPrints Volunteers then distributed the certificates and we were free from that point of time.
Prathamesh Sir had planned to visit the Laxmi Vilas Palace of Vadodara, which strangely in the 5 years of my stay in the city, even I hadn’t visited once. We all visited the royal palace and went KFC for lunch which wasn’t good. If you’ve come this far in the blog, you probably think of me as a food critic by now. After a disapponting meal, we went to the nearest McDonald’s and ate so many Piri Piri Chicken McNuggets. If you haven’t tried those yet, please do! They’re amazing. Nobody except me had, and each and everyone was so happy after eating those. ^.^
After everything was done, Shina and Prathamesh had to leave for their flight to Pune from Ahmedabad so we got to the guesthouse and bid them goodbye. The rest of us stayed in and talked with wach other for a couple of hours after that, and then others left as well. Me, Pratik and Shahbaz Bhai were the only ones left, and I had promised to take him to eat Pancakes, which we did. After that, we went Juggernaut to watch Manchester United vs Chelsea’s streaming and Pratik was left stumped watching the passion of those 60-70 Manchester United fans in Baroda.
We left the cafe around 9PM and went ahead to one of my favorite restaurants in Vadodara, to eat Japani Fry. Pratik has lived for 21 years in thiscity but he had never heard of this restaurant or tried it, it was a pity. Shahbaz Bhai loved it, and I was really happy with the constant compliments coming my way since he was so delighted. He also mentioned that Prathamesh and Shina missed something really delicious, with which I completely agree.
We finished our dinner, walked a while to get ice cream and talked about Avenger vs Royal Enfield. Comment your choice! 😛
We reached the guesthouse and Pratik left for home, while me and Shahbaz Bhai had work to do which we finished, and he left at 2AM for his flight from Ahmedabad.
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