Leadership summit 2016

I always used to hear about Mozilla Summit-2013, A global gathering in San francisco 2 years back which is a volunteer meet and I always used to wonder how it looks when so many volunteers around the globe come together at a place to Learn,Explore,Energize and Dream about the future of the web and their role in empowering it. I used to think about how it would feel to be a part of such global gathering and it finally happened with the 2016 Leadership Summit at Singapore.

2015 has been an incredible year for me as a volunteer as I got involved in Firefox Student Ambassador Program and Tech Speaker program. with the participation team coming into action there has been major changes in the participation of volunteers,contributors in Mozilla. The PT(Participation team) planned for 3 global gatherings to get volunteers at a place to design the future of their participation in Mozilla and get the things done by the end of the gathering. One such gathering is Leadership Summit at Singapore.

As a volunteer it was a memorable moment to meet my co-volunteers around the globe finally at a place and it indeed reminded me of my previous visit to Singapore(I was a speaker at Fossasia-15 \o/).

I loved the leadership summit a lot as it is the first meetup where FSA Executive board met without missing everyone for the first time and we missed you TJ.IMG_1911.CR2

Day1 started with talks from George, Mark and Rosana.

Rosana started talking about how incredible we are and how diversified we are. We were diversified in many ways. We had volunteers in their teens going to college to 60+ years old contributors in the crowd. when it comes to occupations we are everywhere.To my surprise we had an astronaut too from the crowd.

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Mark, Super energetic as always spoke about the past challenges we overcame as a community and how we should be prepared to face the Future challenges(eg. Freebasics -_-). Mark spoke about how they fought with Microsoft to make them allow 3rd party browser installation.

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The personality test workshop by George was one of the amazing workshops I attended. Truly saying it helped to realize I am not the only one and there are many others who take things similarly.IMG_0649

This was followed by the division of tracks into Campus Campaign and Connected devices.And for obvious reasons I was in Campus Campaign track because Campus Campaign choose me \o/ .

The people from 270 Strategies are amazing and It was great working with them at Orlando Work Week. I like the way they work and the appreciation they give for your ideas. They first analyze the existing culture and help us to plan it better and execute it in a more impactful way.

Later we had a gathering on FSA’s role in Campus Campaign leaded by Brian and Faye. At the end of the meet we got tons of inputs from the FSA’s, RAL’s, E Board and Reps. We understood what we were doing well and what we lacked in our Program. The meet was planned very well and I felt so excited from the output.

Day 2 was another amazing day and was an Important day for FSA Team as well. We had an FSA meet discussing about the 2016 goals, plans and the immediate To-Do’s after getting back to home.

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It was later followed by Campus Campaign closing session and later ended with a closing ceremony by George and Rosana. Yeah we had a Thank you Francisco moment at the end and yes it is impossible to do such gatherings without him.

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It was another amazing and thrilling experience to be a part of it. I learned a lot about Strategies,Impact, Facing Challenges, Leadership ,Personality development and most importantly I learnt how Mozilla community has always been impactful in protecting the worlds largest public resource Internet.

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And with team work comes so many responsibilities and Fun.Cheers to everyone who were part of my beautiful days at Leadership Summit.

 

 

 

Mozilla And Firefox OS @PurpleTalk Inc

It has been a bit of time I did’nt blogged! Priorities matter. But the 1 Hr Talk we had at PurpleTalk Inc,Hyderabad is making me to Blog about it. The resources we used and the kind of Audience we had today is quite different than the one we used previously. I gave a Professional talk after a long time I could say. Involving more as a Community Strategist,Mentoring and My new Job got me away from Speaking.

Today we had a 1.25 Hr Talk with the Employees of PurpleTalk Inc. It was unique in different ways.We always had long talks completely talking about Firefox OS and Apps of which most of the time our Target audience were Student Developers.This time we had a developers working at a Company. The irony is most of the attendees are Android and Windows Phone Developers.Yeah! I got a Thug Life to go with talking about Firefox OS to other OS Developers and Users.

I Started my presentation talking about Firefox OS, Architecture, How Developer Friendly Firefox OS is and continued talking about WebAPI’s, Packaged Apps and Hosted Apps, Debugging and Testing of Apps,Publishing. Thanks to Senior App Reviewer Jai Pradeesh for your Side Deck . I made my own version with the help of your presentation. You can find my side deck here .

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Later Ram Dayal Continued his Presentation about Firefox OS Add-ons and WebRTC. You can Find his presentation here.

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Finally it was time for our Community Leader Vineel to Speak about Mozilla and Communities. He Spoke about Mozilla, Various Projects and Programs in Mozilla, How our community actually owns 30 % of Browser users just with the help of participation from Community and Volunteers.

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Every talk I give, teaches me something and today I learnt about how to manage time while giving a presentation. We got like 60 Minutes for our talks and we managed everything so well by our collaboration.The Recent Tech Speakers Pilot which I was a part of helped me to improved me a lot about Speaking and Creating impact with your talk.Thank you PurpleTalk Inc for Inviting us.

PS: The presentations are opensource! Anyone can edit it and use for their Presentation.:)

Rust Meetup Hyderabad

It has always been an awesome feeling when I organize something Unique and finally turns out to be fantastic party.Rust is a Systems Programming Language From Mozilla Foundation which is famous for not throwing Null pointer exceptions and Segmentation faults,Yes it is so cool. Thank you so much Manish for helping me out with the event.

The Event turned out to be an Housefull Event! Yayyy… I was expecting about 30 Enthusiasts but it turned out be double the strength despite the New Programming Language we are going to deal with.The most Interesting part of this Meetup is most of the attendees are students.

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We followed the below Agenda during the Event.This pattern is Open Source and Everyone can use it for such Event!

Agenda:

  • Intro to Rust
  • Problems with C++
  • Solution for those Problems
  • Basics of Rust
  • Datatypes in Rust
  • Memory Management

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Manish did an Amazing job in dealing with the diversified crowd. The post Lunch time totally went on completely with Discussions.Mostly the Discussions went around with the usecases of Rust in their Projects.

Finally we took our Group pic !

Thank you so much Vineel for Helping me out with the Event and providing us the space (Collab House) for the Event.

Hands on Webmaker App

Webmaker App has always been a product which I have been curious to know about, from the time it was Announced. Webmaker App which was announced to be a Smartphone app where a web user can create his own web content, publish it and share it with public has finally took its shape. Using this app one can make web apps from their smart phone without having any knowledge about coding.

Webmaker Project is a part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission to create a more open, web literate world.I’m sure Webmaker app gonna change the way in which people look at Web. That would be an awesome moment when a user who uses Web everyday started to make his own web apps and share it with people. This is going to be possible with this webmaker app.

Since the webmaker app is released as a beta release I have organized a Hands on Event on 14th June,2015 with my local Webmaker Teaching Community.It was so much fun. I got a diversified team for the event which got 2 super mentors, 1 mentor and about 8+ Newbies.  I wrote everything about how our event went here,What are the Problems faced with webmaker app during the meet and what all preparations I made before the meet below.

  • First Create an Etherpad First to collect feedback and improvements about the app from the participants of the event.On the etherpad mention some ideas about what they can build using the app.

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  • Download the Webmaker app before the event so that even if you have slow Internet during the event you will be able to transfer it to other phones via Bluetooth. PS: Running the app require Internet.
  • If you faced any error after installing the beta version of app( eg:App stopped working ) then restart your phone.Not sure if this is the right solution but it worked.
  • If you don’t have a webmaker Account,cool then create one.If you already have a webmaker account then sign in directly.Sometimes you will face a invalid login error.This is because most of us will be using Persona Login for webmaker account and we never set the password for our webmaker account.So Reset the password and login again,it works.
  • Explore each and every option,button,feature and Everything in the app and ask the attendees to add their feedback to the etherpad.
  • Then Brainstorm the ideas about what webapp you can build using this app. Go to Discover Tab to get ideas about what you can build using Webmaker App.
  • You can make a simple webapp of a Recipe to make Instant Noodles to a webapp showing How to Spent 3 Nights in Los Vegas! B-|
  • Take lots of pics and Interact as much as possible with the attendees during the Event.

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Finally don’t forget to Share your Feedback with the Webmaker Team.They will always Love to hear from you. 🙂

Moz Coffee- Firefox Growth Campaign

Mozcoffee is an interactive/Informal meetup with 2 or more people where people usually discuss on various Updates/Reports of happenings around Mozilla and Local Community.

With the intent to support Firefox Growth Campaign and Celebrate the Latest Firefox update we had a moz-coffee on June 2nd at our Community Space(Collab House) at Hyderabad along with bunch of FSA’s,Club Leads,Community Leaders,contributors and few other awesome people.

Had tonnes of discussions about what type of activities FSA’s can plan in their college in support to Firefox . I finally made a Teaching kit about how our event went around so if people don’t have any idea about what exciting and awesome things you can do as a part of mozcoffee then you can have a look at my teaching kit here .

We started with the Introduction of each of the attendee with their name and their contributions so far in Mozilla.later we discussed about firefox and Spring campaign and how fsa’s can do fantastic things as a part of Spring campaign. You can find everything in detail in my teaching kit. ^_^

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Here goes our group photo with our attendees. Finally we had an amazing fun time in the end making our own meme’s,sharing it on facebook and tweeting them.Firefox growth campaign will always b a campaign to be remembered whose memories can be cherished for another year for bringing out the hidden creativity n humour in everyone.

Thanks a lot Vineel for providing us with the space for celebrations!Thank you Sai and Akshay for joining me.

Maker Fest @Ahmedhabad

Maker Fest @Ahmedhabad

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Holla Everyone,

Finally I’m back home after meeting a lot of amazing people and having an amazing experience at Maker Fest, Ahmedhabad. I want to tell you about three things from Maker Fest.

  • The Amazing Things I Taught
  • The Amazing Things I Learnt
  • The Amazing People I met

Everything about Makerfest is so Amazing.I know I’m using this word Amazing a lot but Maker Fest Really Deserves it.

Maker Fest is a Indian Version of Maker Faire which is Conducted across American Countries.Maker Fest is a Home for Innovators,Creators,Makers,Explorers from all Over India where they Exhibit and Teach people about what they make and how they are going to make History.More about Maker Fest can be found here.

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The Things I Taught!

I was a part of Maker Fest to Teach People about Web,Internet and Webmaker Tools. Web has became an integral part of our life. A 8 Year old kid to a 70 year old man is using web in one way or the other. Internet changed the way we used to look at things.Webmaker project is to transform people from Web users to Web Makers. We taught people about how Web is made and how fun it would be creating Web using our Tools.

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I Still remember the smile on a 10 Year old boy when he saw his name on the First Page of Times of India website, The smile on the face of the couple when I showed them how they can easily make a video and publish it with their pictures using Popcorn Maker, The smile on the face of a beautiful girl when I gave a demo of how she can make cute greeting cards and share it with her friends using Thimble, The joy on a mom’s face when she made her own timer and installed it on her device using Appmaker.Those memories about Maker Fest are unforgettable.

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We also got a Photo Booth at a stall where people can come and click selfies at our stall with our Firefox OS glasses.But here is a problem, Our camera will take Selfies only if people Shout at the Camera (_Tripad tricks played this time with a mobile app ). Mozilla Stall was one of the most Happening Stall at Maker Fest.Yeah! Our Innovative/Crazy Stuff payed a long way here.

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The Things I Learnt!

I heard a lot about Maker Fest from the past year’s attendees, It is all about Learning. But Being a part of it is one of a Life Time Experience. You will get a chance to Explore things from Different backdrops,learn many awesome stuff from the makers around you.

How to

    • Ride a Unicycle

I saw a unicycle at a Circus in my Childhood. I never thought I would get a chance to try it.Infact even if I get a Chance I never thought i could ride it. But thank you Makerfest,I Rided this Electronic Unicycle(with the help of my friend). The most amazing thing is the maker himself said I was riding very well and will ride by myself if I was given a day more.Yayyy!Happy Tears.

    • Communicate with disabled people using a simple app

I used to watch deaf and mute people communicating with each other using signs and symbols and used to wonder what they are actually talking about.But this Gorgeous Young girl made a Mobile app which helps me to communicate with them.Awesome thing right!

    • do Grafitti

Grafitti has always been a thing which I always wanted to try and this time I did it.we tried our first masterpiece on Maker Fest Signboard.

    • Play NFS Most wanted using stuff made from Google Cardboard

How

    • Kinect works with 3 Printer

You know you can have your own mould of your face using a 3D Printer equipped with a Kinect.Hmmm….we can do many awesome things using kinect rather than just playing Video games with it.

  • Pretty Awesome Stuff is made using Google Cardboard
  • Awesome, Paper works could be
  • enjoyable electronics and circuits can be
  • Google glass works also how an Indian made a Google glass at Rs.5000[This is Epic]
  • Biogas is prepared from Kitchen Waste
  • Super cool Tee’s are made for Next Gen Kids

There were Many Such Fantastic Stuff around me which I failed to Explore(Time matters 😦 )

The Awesome People I met!

One more Interest thing about Maker Fest is you get a chance to meet Super cool Innovative minds. Firstly Surender Reddy, I met him for the second time.The Guy from Redd Robotics who always comes up with his creative stuff and this time He brought Game of Thrones winter fell made of 3D Printer.Just Wow for your Creation Surendranath.Nextly I met a girl, kinjal chaudhri who made an android app to understand the deaf and mute.Another Guy who controls a Wheel chair using his eyeball.These Makers are using Technology in their own way to make the world a better place to live.Best wishes to you all. And Here comes my favourite one the Unicycle.The Team said they are going to Open Source his Unicycle Project.Such an Inspiration you are.

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There are many such Innovators,Creators,Do Gooders,Makers and a Lot more at Maker Fest. It is like Kite Festival Happened to us before the time.

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Happy to be a part of Such fabulous Festival. Thank You Mozilla for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Makerfest,Ahmedhabad.

FSA Meetup @Hyderabad||24th May 2014

    Two amazing things Happened to me on the same day and each thing is so important to me than the other. And Here is the day 24th May,2014. Morning The FSA Meetup @ Hyderabad,A big milestone for Mozilla Club Hyderabad and At Night I got selected as a Mozilla Rep,A big Milestone in my journey as a Mozillian.

First of all Let me thank a few people who Took their time attended the FSA Meet and Helping out the FSA’s in the best possible way. Thank you Vineel for coming up to the meet and helping out with their questions.Thanks a lot Galaxy for taking your Time,Travelling so far from Bangalore and assisting the FSA’s and helping them out with The FSA Program. Thanks Vikas for turning up to the Meet with your team and am happy to meet them all again. Finally Thanks to Srikar for being with me in organizing this big Party.

Agenda for the Meet:

  • Activities done so far by the FSA Clubs.
  • Activities done so far by the FSA Leads.
  • Activities done so far by the FSA’s.
  • Clarify the doubts regarding FSA Program.
  • Preparing a Road map for the Upcoming activities.

Schedule for the Meet:

  • Intro of FSA’s.
  • Intro of Reps and Rep Mentors.
  • Intro of FSA Program by Galaxy.
  • Discussion about FSA’s and their past Actities.
  • Questions and answers.
  • And Finally Lunch!! 😀

                  We had 16 enthusiastic FSA’s from about 7 colleges.People discussed about various projects they are involved with.Some were working on Localization,Some on web maker tools,Some on App Development for Firefox OS,Few people are Webmaker mentors,Some belong to Army of Awesome,Few in User Reasearch and many more. It was great seeing all the people from different contribution areas at a Place. Later we discussed about the Upcoming activities in all the colleges.

Events Planned So Far:

  • Web maker parties.
  • Total Hands on web maker events.
  • Application dev for Firefox OS(App Marathon).
  • Inauguration of Firefox Clubs in two New colleges.
  • Firefox OS App Days.

Finally A group pic Time.Thank you FSA’s for attending the Meet and Thanks for your Contributions done so far.Hope Your Journey Continues with Mozilla.