This is My Mozilla Story!
I enrolled for the Firefox Student Ambassador program long ago, in August and have been trying to stay active since then. I learned about the Mozilla from a fellow batch mate who went on to become the Club Lead of the BITFox Club and I joined the club to host awesome events.
Once I became a part of the Ambassadors program, I loitered around to find something to do and be a part and contribute but then I wasn’t aware, How does it work? How do I do stuff and contribute? I needed to know and started planning an intro session/event at my college by a Rep with Miten but we had a long vacation, and after that we had exams so we couldn’t.
Just when our exams got over, we tried to get in touch with Reps so that we could start a club and get on with it. We finally had a talk with Mayur Patil who linked us to Siddhartha Rao who helped us open the first club in Baroda. Mozilla’s presence in this city was a big deal in itself, and there and then we promised ourselves to take this community to new heights.
Not even a month later, I got a call from Miten regarding the Footprintsx6’s Web of Things workshop and that we’ve been called to attend the event as we are local volunteers. The main Speakers were Ram Dayal gurumukhi, Rahul Talreja and Dipesh Monga. The event was amazing, and we had a lot of fun. With me, Miten and Dhaval Joshi volunteered including a WoMo, Drashti Pandya. Even Vishnu Teja graced us with his presence and shared his knowledge about IoT and Firefox OS.
After Footprints, the three volunteers/attendees discussed a lot about getting it to the crowd who missed it, the folks at BITFox Club so we organized an event at our college, the MozMeet! Miten, Dhaval and I gave an overview about the FSA program to the new recruits and also spoke about IoT and the workshop we attended, it was amazing and we recruited over 30 new FSAs that day!
The MozMeet was a complete success and we saw the future of BITFox Club in our college, these kids were so enthusiastic! We then thought of what next? What would be our next step? And me and Miten always wanted to do a Social Responsibility event so that we could give something back to the community. #TeachTheKids was planned and we taught the kids about Computers, Internet and Firefox Browser.
A grand event like Maker Party can never be ignore, which is what I attended next and I could see so many young and budding engineers trying to make their way through to every workshop which is just a delight to see! I had never seen so many Gujarat Technological University students on the same venue, not even at TechFests!
Since the Maker Party was over, it was time to select a few and go for the MakerFest was around the corner which was pretty great and had much much more exposure for me, and I met some really awesome people and also, with some really amazing experiences and things I could relate to! It has been my favorite Mozilla event till date, and my best overall event, ever!
After that, I took on a few Campus Clubs events since I was about to become a Regional Coordinator which was pretty great, so we took a trip to Saffrony College in Mehsana. All about it, here.
Another month, another event. This time, it was an year for the three of the BitFox Club members, who had started the club and their Mozilla journey together. It’d have been an year for us. More so, we wanted to capitalize on the opportunity we had, and learn more about VR and A-Frame. Along with Ram Vaishnav, Trishul Goel and Parth Osho, we went on ahead to host over a 150 students at MSU, Vadodara for the WebVR Workshop.
I knew things about WebVR, and people from Nirma wanted me to let them know that! It includes a smashing performance on closer, so do read it. Don’t ask me why, it’s all in the blog! We had a cracking time at the Nirma University, Ahmedabad studying WebVR + A-Frame at the WebVR Camp!
I moved my focus to doing more than just events and contributing more individually. This is when my project Web4All got me into the Open Leadership Cohort 4 and I was hooked to working with Abby! This was also the time when I had just started to design for the community, I suggested a few logos for Mozilla India, Rust India, Rust Hacks, and a few more.. which is how I bumped up to #8 Contributor in the coming months for mozilla/OpenDesign. Woohoo!
I had a bit of dry spell for the rest of 2017 in terms of events because of College, and my Final Year Project, my Open Leadership Project and my Gaming StartUp. I made a Bone Conduction Hearing Device for the disabled as my FY Project, it basically used Bone Conduction to send out electric signals to the skull which delivers it to the brain. I even got featured in the local newspaper, whoooo!
That’s it for now, there will be something new added to this summary of my Mozilla story every time I do something new or learn something new with Mozilla!