Shivika Sahni


My journey with Mozilla is not a very old one. But in this brief partnership of 4 odd months I feel like I have learnt so much that it can fill an entire library. So here I am sharing a milestone event, what many might call a game changer. It was the golden  opportunity to be a Speaker in Dayanand Sagar Institution,Bangalore on 30th March.

“Behind every successful man there is a woman” goes the saying of yore, but in my case it turned out to be quite the opposite and the person I owe my success to is Shreyas, my co-speaker. He coaxed me to come out of my shy and reserved cocoon and go out of my comfort zone into the foray of public speaking. So, after lots of convincing, I packed my bags and traveled  all the way to Bangalore to attend this event. At 2 in the afternoon, sheltered in the comfortable IBM labs away from the blistering summer sun, Shreyas actuated the event with a very interesting activity named “The Spectrogram“.

The game started with this question: “Are women  good managers or not?” As per the rules, the students had to split themselves into three groups: yes, no and maybe.This game paved the way for a healthy discussion on WoMoz, as we like to call us Women in Mozilla. Everyone teamed up and started putting forth their views and opinions. It was  really refreshing to see such an enthusiastic and opinionated crowd.

After this ice breaker in the form of a game, Shreyas gave everybody an introduction to Mozilla, our mission, the open source projects and how to contribute to Mozilla. He also talked about the Mozilla web maker tools(popcorn maker,x-ray goggles,thimble,app maker) and also gave a demo of the  popcorn maker and the Webmaker App. He then asked the students to design their own video. This served the dual purpose of cementing the use of popcorn maker in their minds as well as opening them up for an interactive session rather than a boring presentation. To add spice to the event we came up with the most talked about, the passion and religion of every Indian, the one and only ICC cricket world cup.

I have no qualms in admitting that I suggested the topic purely because I am also one of the gazillion ardent devotees of cricket in India. More so, I was also intrigued to know what was their take on it as they had already proved themselves to be quite the intelligent batch. All the students started working on it with all guns blazing, we also made an announcement that the winner would get the Mozilla swags.

After an hour or so, the new session started, where I was to take the lead. I started the session with a very rudimentary question “ why don’t women contribute to Open source” , “ why don’t they come forward?” I asked every single girl sitting in the room what is the reason behind less participation? (Why) do they feel inferior when it comes to technology and coding? The answers that I received were not very far from what I had expected. phrases such as  “they believe they are not good when it comes to coding” , “women are usually stereotyped in non technology roles”, “women are not cut out for technology” etc etc. The question that followed in natural progression was How to get more women into tech ?

I addressed them more as a peer and tried to break the mental block that women had or what was drilled in their heads by the bias of our patriarchal society. Something that said “women cannot be in technology”. But, the legitimate truth is  Anyone can do it , especially women themselves  😉  and we’ll allow them to get bolder and getting greater appreciation for what they do !! I also spoke about IRC, bugzilla  and mailing lists to get in touch with the Mozillians and WoMoz. I had a discussion with the girls ,talked about their problems in participating and tried solving their issues. Then we distributed the goodies to the winners of popcorn maker. The students were pretty awesome when they have come up with their videos.

I’m still walking the path to achieve the dream I’m chasing after.Don’t know if I can succeed and achieve the ultimate goal of empowering every single mother, daughter and female friends through techs and FOSS . I dare to dream , I dare to dream a country where a girl will prefer to be techie or web maker rather than being a house-hold worker. I know it’s a long way to go but not impossible though.


Womaniya – Empowering more WOMEN in Tech(expanding woMoz)

Tanha Islam


From Ada Lovelace , women have played an important part in driving technology forward…..

I was lucky enough to get the invitation for Womaniya from the woMoz organizer Komal Ji Gandhi from India which took place this 8-9th March in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
On 6th January early in the morning I started for Delhi from Dhaka,Bangladesh and got connected with Bhopal flight. The organizer herself came to the airport to receive me warmly with a local volunteer, Vaibhab Bajaj. We went to our desired hotel and as I was tired so that day was an ‘Off’ for me to take rest. The next day early in the morning both of them came to pick me up to the volunteers stay place. Keeping my luggages we went to many places like meeting with the police AIG for confirming agenda and speakers, picking up womaniya teeshirts etc.
In the evening , I was just surfing around after taking some rest in the garden of the hotel while other mozillians Umesh Agarwal and Jafar Muhammad joined me in the hotel. Soumya Deb joined us later at night and Sumantro mukharjee joined us the next day during we were having our breakfast at hotel.

Day 1 starts:


Womaniya welcomes us :)

As it was the first day of the event and all of our guests were supposed to come there on time we rushed there just after we had our breakfast to just check everything was perfect.
The event started sharp at 10.30. All the chief guests gave their valuable speech about women in the society, their safety, womens’ day celebration etc.


We, MOZILLIANS started our main event after the lunch. Me and Komal gave brief idea about what woMoz and womaniya is and how it is related to each other. To make the brief talk more interactive we both asked each other about the reason why we are womoz and what inspired us to be a mozillian or contribute to Mozilla as a women.


Later, Faisal sir explained what mozilla is and how it works.



The crowd!




Day 2 starts:
The next day we volunteers woke up early just to be before time to make sure that everything is going to be perfect. At 10.30 people started coming. We were amused to see that at least 70% people from the previous day joined us. “Passionate” – I MUST SAY!
Once they started taking place, we started with our first session(s). People were divided into small groups. FSA, APP DEV and Webmaker. Me, along with Umesh took the responsibility of FSA team.



Deb was incharge of App Dev and Sumantro, along with me again in Webmaker. Komal helped all the volunteers during the sessions.
Faisal sir took an awesome session on l10n. Later on stage Deb showed app development.


Following him, Faisal sir took Mozquiz. We also helped him with making questions on the spot! People were called on the stage and were given away cool swags by Pawan sir.



Before wrapping up the event I ended up with my session. I explained what woMoz is, why we need more woMoz, the mission of Mozilla, how and who can contribute with us, how to get over from the restrictions, how to shine in life in tech as women etc. People seemed much energetic till the event ended. They were responsive during my session as well. After wrapping up with the event some girls seemed interested to join the winning team of woMoz and were very much impressed with my session.



People taking swags, closing the event. They loved ’em



A MUST group photo!

To be honest I am now missing Bhopal because every part of the city I visited during the event and free time, has given me such pleasure of travelling.

Slides I used to speak out through my session .

Day 1 pictures

Day 2 pictures

I recently got one make from webmaker about the event which is made by a local volunteer, chandan . I loved this make!

Covers by newspapers about the event:

1. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/2-day-seminar-on-empowerment-of-women-organised.html

2. https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/48032_684460238279550_1175593534_n.jpg

3. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/police-to-hold-seminar-on-woman-empowerment.html

Online coverage by radio:


Geek Girls Hangout @Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tanha Islam


We the WoMoz are mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors. So we the Bangladeshi WoMoz along with the help of MozBD had a small informal meet up planning about the future events of WoMoz.

Event was conducted by me(Tanha Islam), Laila Mustari. We were 6 in numbers. We had girls from 2 different institute. We talked about how to get more women from different aspects. We had 2 newbie with us who were Tahmima Chowdhury Nawrin and her classmate. We had a s.w.o.t analysis of our past activities and planned about future events, how to make them successful ! Our short meet up for 2 hours was successful!



Points we discussed:
-Firefox club (what to & how to)
-Future events(types)
-Hangouts to brainstorm awesome ideas to get more women in tech & Mozilla
-Firefox OS(we had hands on experience as well 😉 )


At last we had a group photo! :)

Event on REPS portal : https://reps.mozilla.org/e/geek-girls-hangout-dhk/
On FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/220634014791011/
Hashtag was : #gghangoutdhk , #MozBDEventIdea
WoMoz BD on fb: Group , Page
FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157640225012084/

HackrGirls, Developer Bootcamp For Women

Binoy Balu



HackrGirls Developer Bootcamp For Woman

                                                                  The Mozilla Kerala community organized a developer bootcamp for women called HackrGirls. The bootcamp turned out to be successful that gave us much more outcome than we expected. Thanks to all the energetic and enthusiastic ladies who were at the event. I’d like to thank Mozilla’s Developer Relations for sponsoring this event without which this would have been impossible to execute. I’m happy to know that February was an exciting month for the ladies who attended HackrGirls.

HackrGirls was a name chosen for igniting the light inside every girl who is interested in taking their coding skills to the next level. The event was a great event for Mozilla Kerala that was executed with the effort of the volunteers of Mozilla Kerala. Thanks to all those who worked behind the event. Federal Institute of Science And Technology (FISAT), one of the remarkable colleges who supports the activities of Mozilla provided a venue for the event.



Day 1: 21-02-2015


The event was a bit delayed as the participants arrived late. After the event check-in at around 9:30AM. Praveen Sridhar kickstarted the event at around 10:15AM with the introduction about the event and the sessions that were scheduled for the event. He then conducted an ice-breaker session with Neethu Sajeevan for gearing up the ladies into the style of interactive learning. The icebreaker mainly aimed at collaboration and teamwork which is very important part of any project/mission.

Shine Nelson introduced version control systems. He talked about Git and Github to the participants. He covered the basics of git and it uses. He also talked about Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and helped everyone to join IRC. The session then dispersed for a tea break.



We had four mentors for our event. Ms. Bhavana Bajaj (Release Manager, Firefox OS, Mozilla Corporation, USA), Ms. Chinmayi S K (Founding CEO, Saakshin Technologies), Mr. Sijo Kuruvilla (Founding CEO, Startup Village) and Ms.Tessy Joseph (Web QA Intern at Mozilla).





The session after the break was to make teams and collaborate themselves on finding their interest. Girls were divided into groups and shared their thoughts, ideas and interests. Each group, having a mentor, discussed about the possibilities and the openings for women in Mozilla and Open Source. Also they were introduced to the different ways of contributions. That was followed by another session on “Imposter Syndrome” by Chinmayi S K in support with Nidhiya V Raj and Neethu Sajeevan. It helped the girls a lot to understand about themselves and Chinmayi explained how to overcome the condition by tackling their mind. After the session, the event dispersed for lunch .

The afternoon session was on how to develop front-end technologies. Varghese Thomas E covered basic HTML and CSS. After the basics session, we had the tea break.


Mr. Sijo Kuruvilla (Founding CEO, Startup Village) gave a talk on Entrepreneurship and the possibilities for women in technology. He explained about the upcoming programs on empowering women and made them understand the role of Entrepreneurship in Indian society. He answered most of their questions and doubts which was open to all to ask. It inspired the participants to getting a step over the concept of Entrepreneurship. The session closed at around 7:00PM


Day 2: 22-02-2015


The second day was the most enthusiastic day as it started with Ms. Bhavana Bajaj explaining about the Mozilla QA and Release Management. She introduced herself and then about her work history and current designation at Mozilla as Release Manager. She gave an introduction on how a version of Firefox OS is released after making sure it doesn’t crash after an update, etc.



Ms. Bhavana led a BugBash and OneAndDone challenge. Each group were given a Firefox OS device to test and assigned some OneAndDone tasks as challenges. All the participants made bugzilla accounts and started filing bugs. The person who filed the most number of bugs was awarded a Firefox OS Flame device. Within half an hour, over 55 bugs were filed on bugzilla.mozilla.org. The OneAndDone challenge was completed by everyone. Bug Bashing was really interesting for girls to find bugs in each and every corner of the OS interface. After a tiring bug bash, lunch was served.



The afternoon session was handled by Praveen Sridhar and Athul Suresh. The duo helped the participants in building an addictive-game along the lines of the all-time additive game – Flappy Bird. The game was built entirely on HTML, CSS and JavaScript using the PhaserJS library. At the end of the event, the participants were given yet another challenge – to adapt the game that was built by the participants in an innovative way. They were given a week’s time to complete their modifications and send them over to the organizers. We received an exciting bunch of entries for the challenge. In all, the event was a success with a lot of fun and enthusiasm and where the participants took home something useful.

Thank you Flore Allemandou for your heartly support . Here Is the Video for Whole Event :)

Women , Femininity & Techs

Maliha Momtaz Islam


I wrote this on International Women’s Day celebration 2014 in my blog , thought of sharing with you all. :-)

I’ve been working as a FSA and Womoz for 6 months now . It seems as if i started yesterday !! I’m still walking the path to achieve the dream I’m chasing after . Don’t know if i can succeed and achieve the ultimate goal of empowering every single mother , daughter and female friends through techs and FOSS . I dare to dream , i dare to dream a country where a girl will prefer to be techie or web maker rather than being a garments worker. I know it’s a long way to go but not impossible though .

Womoz came to me as that platform which paved me the way to work for my dream .Now Let’s see, how i’ve been doing that up until now !!!

So, how to get more women into tech ? Mentor ship programs ?? Sensitivity trainings ?? or may be Ruby on Rails barbie ?? NOPE !! I have a solution, that can increase the number of women in techs consequently and trust me, there’s no need of any conferences or any kind of memberships !! Anyone can do it , especially women themselves  😉  and we’ll allow them to get bolder and getting greater appreciation for what they do !!  Resolution?? If you wanna be respected in techs as women then don’t call yourself a “GIRL”. If we start referring all the women in tech as women, we’ll have a lot more women in techs getting rid of the girls . And when i say “women”,  i mean people who’ve Menstruated and pay taxes . If you do both you’re a women! It’s pretty simple!! 😀  Calling yourself a girl may be Cute and Fun but it’s hurtful to make an intact better working place and trust me i’m not alone who thinks like that !! Ask any working women around you  :)  you’ll get your answers !! There are many people out there who are only steps away from self-emulation. It is time to take action which’s actually a pretty serious topic because words are incredibly powerful !! They reinforce and reflects suicidal power  structures . Words can be as powerful protest as actions can be! Cause at the end of the day it’s about power . When people refer to someone who’s an adult women as a girl, it implies authority  part of the speaker. Girl is a diminutive.

Now let’s think about the word “BOY” for an adult man. Boys no toys , boys club….etc . It’s always said with more than a hint of condescension . Boys are immature , they are not to be trusted etc etc. You don’t want an organization filled with boys , right?  Well , what about girls?? girls can’t drive,they can’t join the army , they can’t vote and girls probably shouldn’t!! but most important of all “GIRLS” aren’t threatening . And  appropriating the word girl for an adult women?? Just doesn’t make any sense  at all to me  at least. Because it’s not confronting sexism or inverting any power structures, it’s just using the word “girls” for someone who’s old and why do we have such a problem with being old? I am very happy to be out of College,  as i’m pretty sure you all are to have the freedom. And i look forward the time when i’ll have enough wisdom to finish toughest challenges in just one setting !

Research shows that a lot of  women sabotage themselves in the workplace by starting sentences with things like “I may not be an expert”. They try not to appear to be kookie but what they are doing is, they are undermining a threat to their own authority and they’re making people take them less seriously. It’s like a disclaimer !! Calling yourself a girl in the workplace is the same thing . It diminishes you ! And to some people it can be interpreted like an authority and slip revealing “i’m not totally sure i should be here”! So in your spare time, sure go out with your friends and family !! Go  refer yourself  anything want to, but in the work place “geekgirls”?? NA-ah! Women Engineers aren’t some kind of mythical heroes for people to fantasize  about . The fact is: Being a women shouldn’t have to be sugarcoated. You’re women! Just like you’re a product manager or a coder or a social worker or anything !! Take charge of what you do and don’t apologize. You may not know everything and you may not have  experienced everything. But then again, c’mmon which man had knowledge on everything? You’re a women and don’t apologize for it ! You define the women that you are and if you’re uncomfortable calling yourself a women then ask yourself “why ?” . Because it’s about taking your work and yourself seriously. Just calling yourself a girl , does it say you’re here to take charge? kick ass and take names ? does it say you’re here to lead?  And for all the manly readers : you can help us out by calling us women ! as There are not a lot of us in tech. Just because a women calls herself a girl in the workplace doesn’t mean that you can. She may not feel comfortable in the environment.

So,  No actually , i don’t have a solution that can really increase the number of females in tech instantly. My solution is to increase the number of women. I know it’s not the answer but it’s one small and important change that all of us can make to make tech a better place for tax paying menstruators among us ! So, I’ll leave you with this, if Britney can figure out that she’s not a girl anymore, why can’t women in tech?

-Special Thanks to Caroline Drucker who made me think :)