So far the experiences that i have gathered volunteering for mozilla , had never been so awesome . Probably what i experienced on 23rd may , 2014 can be counted amongst the best times i had in my life ! And why it won’t be ? We actually took one step further to aware and inspire female folks of our community to come out of the cocoon and make a difference in the statistics of FOSS and techs.
I thought out of the CTG WoMoz Tech Fest initiative early in February when i was an FSA and really wasn’t aware if an event like this would be possible to arrange . Details can be found here . I planned it a bit big actually , Thinking of an National all female App day and hack day where women through out the country would participate but there was a bit dilemma as our initiative WoMoz BD was very new. So we separated the plan into major divisional tech fests which was planned to be initiated with CTG WoMoz Tech Fest.
We had three volunteer’s meet-ups to plan and distribute duties of volunteers. The first volunteer meet-up was held on 11 th April , 2014 entitled “Open Q/A MozHour and CTG Womoz Tech Fest volunteer meet-up#1” . Then the second volunteer meet-up was scheduled on 12th May , 2014 entitled “CTG Womoz Tech Fest Volunteer Meet-up #2 ” for reassessment and discussion on success scenario of the duties assigned and calculation of the tasks pending etc . We executed our promotional activities by postering , launching promotional video and inviting 20 reputed educational institutions of Chittagong (CTG) from 15 th May , 2014 to 20 th May , 2014 . The final meet – up was planned on 22nd May when we finally checked and cross checked all the PCs of the labs , checked power supplies , ensured power back ups , have the new firefox , firefox OS Simulator , ADB installed in them beforehand to ensure a congenial environment for the participants. Our local FSAs Raju Meaji , Towfique Anam Rine , Navid Ahsan volunteered for this task. We also distributed the tasks of the volunteers and supplied them their duty regulation chart with event plan . Our App dev TF lead Rahid Hasan gave a general overview to the field facilitator volunteers of App train session and webmaker session . You can find the details in the respective blogs linked up.
FINALLY 23rd May , 2014 came , more than hundred female participants from 18 different educational institutions including Universities , schools , colleges came together to hack the web using open standards ! Chittagong Independent University’s Proctor Rashid Ahmed Chowdhury , lecturer of CSE faculty Mohammed Arif Hasnayeen and MD. Mahmudur Rahman from International Islamic University Chittagong , Lecturer Nayan Debnath from Port City International University , Lecturer of CSE and EEE faculty Sanjida Sharmin and Samiul Alam from University of Science and Technology Chittagong , lecturer of CSE faculty Priyam Biswas from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology were present to encourage our participants.
We opened the registration line for the participants in April , 2014 and marked the finishing line to be on 20th May, 2014 . During this period over 260 registrations were received but due to having limited seats we couldn’t accommodate all and thus followed first come first served method in selecting participants . Participants were confirmed in two phases . We contacted them over phone first , then we sent out confirmation and instruction mail to the participants with full event plan , session details .
The selected and confirmed participants started reporting in the check in booth from 8:30 AM which continued up to 9 :30 AM . There they collected their breakfast , guidance and direction . The whole process of participant selection and participant confirmation was lead by our awesome womoz volunteers Naima Sultana , Sumi Khatun and Rahima Siddiqa Zimmeem .
Moments from Combined Morning Session
Later on Mozilla Bangladesh community lead Mahay Alam Khan gave an elaborate overview on open source , mozilla , mozilla’s mission , mozilla’s pathways , mozilla Bangladesh community in his key note speech .
Keynote Speech session was followed by the Demo Booth and Photo Booth Session. Starting from 12 PM to 1 PM .We displayed and demonstrated Firefox OS powered Geeksphones KEON and PEAK in the Demo booth . But in the photo booth we used Web RTC to click instant photos which created a buzz in the crowed ! Find more photos in the flickr album below .
Moments From The Demo booth and Photo Booth
Then we had a prayer break and lunch break . After that we started our two technical sessions parallely . More than 70 participants participated in webmaler session . This session was lead by Mahay Alam Khan . Local FSAs Imtiaz Noor Peal , Ananda Das , Akramul Haque Yeasin , Shamsuzzaman Sadi helped out the participants as field facilitators.
The participants of this sessions were given the ideas of basic concepts of web , the way we’re trying to convert the web users into web makers , concept of using webmaker tools . Later on they remixed some makes using thimble , had fun learning with x-ray googles and popcorn maker.
Another session was on Firefox OS app train which was lead by Rahid Hasan . Over thirty participants participated in this session . Our field facilitator volunteers Towfique Anam Rine , Porag Das and Nafiul Pantha helped out the participants . The participants were given ideas on how to develop a firefox OS app , the prerequisites to develop one , WEB APIs , Firefox Marketplace etc . After successful accomplishment of the technical sessions we provided them with some cool swags (i.e. Firefox logo t-shirts , wrist bands , webmaker t-shirts , stickers , badges etc). All the participants were really excited and happy to receive those swags !!
Then with the evening snacks we concluded the whole event in the wrap up session. The impact of this tech fest is not just finished yet with this time frame but it will measurably increases women’s confidence and knowledge in open technology and culture cautioning them about their privacy in web – in an environment that more often pushes women towards the door. Also it both empowered young women in our country to take up the challenge and gave them some primary idea to get started with .
Enthusiasm of the participants was praise worthy . Later on in the interactive part of the wrap up session participants expressed their thought on carrying on the open web loving trend among them . We were able to recruited more womozes , created a womoz buzz in the region , made them aware of our path ways and mozilla’s mission , tools promotion. In a word we achieved our success metrics quite well ; better then we expected actually !
When I initiated the plan of divisional tech fests leading to all female national appathon i knew a little and wasn’t sure if this was even possible to accomplish . Lots of uncertainties , problems and issues were there to deal with . Even at a point i got demoralized that “let it be … i can’t do this” but thanks to our community lead Mahay Alam Khan and local reps Rahid Hasan , Ashickur Rahman Noor , Mashkawat Ahsan , Tanha Islam , Belayet Hossain , Shafiul Azam , Aniruddha Adhikary , Ratul Minhaz who helped me a lot through out the journey to organize such an event as a kick start . The enthusiasm and support of CTG’s local mozillians and FSAs Fahria Kabir , Nishat Rihana , Romana Momtaz , Rakibul Hasan , Towfique Anam Rine , Shamsuzzaman Sadi , Abdul Mannan Asif , Porag Das , Navid Ahsan , Raju Meaji , Shahadat Hossain Riyad , Farhana Tonni , Naima Sultana , Nafiul Pantha , Akramul Yeasin , Sakir Sazzad , Tanvir Chowdhury , Muslim Uddin Sumon , Roman , Sumi Khatun , Tahmina , Farzana Iqbal , Zimmeem were really praise worthy too.
At the end of the day if i am to summarize “CTG Womoz Tech Fest” then i would definitely say that CTG Womoz Tech Fest is the name of combined effort of dedicated mozillians of Mozilla Bangladesh community to make a difference rather than anyone’s personal achievement . ” WoMoz ” which’s an initiative to Mozilla is a movement to us . #CtgWomozTechFest
Our Event Hash Tag : #CtgWomozTechFest | Newspaper Coverage  here |Newspaper Coverage  here | Blog post from one of the volunteers  here |Blog Post from one of the participants  here | A few participants Response  here | Link to the Photo Album :  CTG Womoz Tech Fest Flickr Album | Event Detail  Here in Reps Event Portal | One of the developed apps  here.
And that’s not just it , keep the hash tag (#CtgWomozTechFest) in mind and see the updated outcomes of CTG womoz Tech Fest cause we’ll be having one post event online session of CTG WoMoz Tech Fest .Upcoming : Hope to update you with Dhaka Womoz Tech Fest soon embedding updated features and event agendas ! #DHKWomozTechFest
Stay Tuned !!
Mozilla Kerala conducted a WoMoz Festival on March 04, 2014 at Indira Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology [IIET], Kothamangalam. The aim of this festival was to promote women’s visibility & involvement in open source communities. In fact, we believe that the Internet, FLOSS and computing projects must remain open and participatory. This also means accessible in the same way to all – women and men alike.
The main highlight of this festival is that IIET is a women’s college, so here we got 180+ active WoMoz!!! ( This was my first WoMoz event & I got a lucky chance to coordinate this event ).
The day’s events were divided into two parallel sessions, one being Open Talks, and the other a hands-on Workshop. Our event began with a talk by one of the WoMoz – Vaishakhi who gave an introduction about Mozilla & its mission.
The workshop was mainly aimed to provide the participants awareness on the recent Web Technologies around them. Binoy Balu from CUSAT took classes on HTML 5, CSS3 & Web APIs. The participants were excited to learn new things. There were also workshops on the advantages & technologies behind Firefox OS which was handled by Varghese. Then Sirajul Muneer gave an introductory session on “Fundamentals of developing apps for Firefox OS”, which covered in detail various aspects of developing applications for the OS and the simulator and its available features. Then Kumaresan introduced himself and explained in detail about Webmaker project, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) & Etherpad with live demonstration of the websites.
The seminar was focused on women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors. The talks covered security & privacy issues women face on the internet & some measures to make themselves more secure. The first session in the seminar was handled by Joyal John Peter from SJCET in which he gave a talk on “Women in Internet”, which covered topics like how women can get involved in the internet, FLOSS & other computing projects. He discussed about the privacy issues faced by women and how it could be solved. He gave live demonstrations of some websites which is run by women.
In the afternoon session, we had our first talk by Abid Aboobaker. Various aspects and advantages of Drupal Development were covered by him, along with talks on Internet privacy. Binoy, another Mozillian introduced the usage of git to the budding developers. Abhishek from Wikipedia community detailed on how to contribute to the world’s biggest and open encyclopedia, its ethics and etiquette. Some of the participants edited Wikipedia.
The event was concluded by an eye catching demonstration on robotics using open-source technologies; Open Robotics was performed by Binoy Balu, a student and robotics enthusiast from CUSAT. The veil was finally drawn on the event by some really productive remarks by the participants.
At the beginning of the event, we had asked to the 180+ cheerful girls, “How many of you want to start your own firm?”. Sadly, there were no hands that went up! And I continued asking, “Then what are you going to do after your graduation?” The answers were different – good house wife, good job, teacher, NOTHING. But at the end of the event, I repeated the same questions, the answer was hopeful, a few hands were up and they said “If this many technologies, possibilities and opportunities are around us, why can’t we? Why don’t we?!” – Abid Aboobaker shared his experience with us.
We are united by the common goal of promoting women’s visibility and involvement in open source communities. By all accounts, the WoMoz Festival was a big success!
Check out more pics on Google+
co-authored with womoz captain of the event Sethu Sathyan with the help of Shine Nelson
Womaniya is the event of ‘Mozilla Community Bhopal’, It is Specially for Women Developers to promote ‘WoMoz’ program in India.
This is the first ever WoMoz event for launching, introducing and creating awareness about the program within the Bhopal community as well as we will identify the challenges facing women in technology and ways to solve and increase the number of Women in technology and open source.
The growing access of the web in the late 21th century, has allowed women to empower themselves by using various tools on the Internet. With the introduction of the World Wide Web, women have begun to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to start online activism. Through online activism, women are able to empower themselves by organizing campaigns and voicing their opinions for equality rights without feeling oppressed by members of society.
Womaniya has been the first ever WoMoz event for launching, introducing and creating awareness about the program within the Bhopal community as well as we will identify the challenges facing women in technology and ways to solve and increase the number of Women in technology and open source.
WoMoz is a community composed of members from different Open Source projects. We are mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors in technology.
The seminar aimed to provide technical knowledge for woman empowerment and the whole program would help in developing a better understanding regarding the tools and technology used nowadays.
Womaniya is basically 2 day event Organized by Mozilla Community Bhopal on International Women’s Day 8th and 9th March 2014 in BHEL Auditorium Bhopal.
This event is getting associated with the Madhya Pradesh Police. Read here (http://komalgandhi-4evevr.blogspot.in/2014/02/womaniya.html)
On 8th March Womaniya started at 10:00 am, the first half dedicated to the Bhopal police department. They have covered Demo on Self Defense, Presentation on Cybercrime, Mahila Help line.
Additional Director General of Police Pawan Jain informed that the knowledge was the primary tool of empowerment and in the current scenario technical knowledge had become important for everyone.
Mozilla’s technical sessions were started from Second half.
We have covered “Introduction to Mozilla and its Products”, “Introduction to WoMoz and Womaniya ”,“ LightBeam ”,“ Quiz and Fun Activities”.
All students enjoyed and even they raised their hands and ask their questions and queries related to mission of Mozilla, and browser tracking – light-beam.
Well, after having an awesome time on the first day we were prepared to make it more awesome for the second day.
On the second day we started 3 simultaneous sessions in the auditorium.
Webmaker Session by Sumantro Rijandal mukhargee
Dev Tools by Soumya Deb
Firefox Student Ambassador by Umesh Agarwal. Then, Faisal Aziz started their session on Localization after that Jafar Muhammed took his session on HTML5, HTML5 crimes and RWD – Responsive Web Designing, Komal was facilitator there.
Continuing with more session on App development and other activities we moved on to quiz and Fun activities.
How we measure success of Womaniya?? (Via metrics)
Metric 1: – Women Developer
Success scenario: – 1 We will get at least 450 + women developers
Result: – 50% completed
Metric 2: -Promote WoMoz
Success scenario: – We promote the WoMoz program
Result: – 100% completed (We were having 4 WoMoz sessions on different topics)
Metric 3: – Creativity
Success scenario: – 100% Women Creativity for Mozilla
Result: – 80% completed
Metric 4: – Fun
Success scenario: – 100%
Result: – 101% completed
Metric 5:- Developing
Success scenario: – Focused development event, we will develop Firefox OS apps, Thimble Templates, and Add-ons.
Result: – 75% completed (we were having these all development sessions, but due to some connection problem we could not develop any app.)
Metric 6: – Teach – Learn – Hack
Success scenario: – Teach hacking tips and lots of knowledge. And learn creative things.
Result: – 100% completed (attendee feedback says they learnt lots of new things)
Metric 7: – Awareness
Success scenario: – 100% – about Open source and Mozilla
Result: – 100% completed (we had a great session on the introduction of Mozilla and about open source by Faisal Aziz sir)
Metric 8: – Webmaker
Success scenario: – To teach attendants how to use the webmaker tools and get innovative makes 100%
Result: – 100% completed
Metric 9: – Media Coverage
Success scenario: – We will spread the word about open source, and mozilla with a local news channel and local newspapers.
Result: – 100% completed
Womaniya has been the first ever 2 day’s events organized by Mozilla Bhopal In association with Madhya Pradesh police. Mozilla Bhopal has all teenage members, we all managed everything nicely. I really thankful to all who contributed to making this event succeed.
Womaniya Team: – Vaibhav Bajaj, Smriti Jain, Shiva Goyal, Jitendra Khasdev, Aartish Kumar, Prince Shankushal, Anju Chandel, Chandan baba, Arpit Singhal, Jai Sharma, Saket jain.
Womaniya Speakers: – Komal gandhi, Soumya Deb, Umesh Agarwal, Jafar Muhammed, Tanha Islam, Sumantro Mukharjee, Faisal Aziz.
Komal mozillian’s profile: She is an under graduate student currently pursuing, her Bachlor of Commerce in Computer Applications from Barkatullah University. Also Completed her ‘SOFTWARE ENGINEERING’ (GNIIT) from NIIT International Institetute. She is a woman in Open Source Community, and proud to be one! Currently contributing to Mozilla in WoMoz, Web Maker Project,and Localization for Hindi in Mozilla India Community. Though am a developer, Keen Mozilla follower, Tech Geek, Web Developer, Mozilla follower and a Mozilla Rep from Bhopal, India. A hardcore mozillian and evangelist, She loves Webmaking, Web Developement and Localization. An open source enthusiast, like to spread the word about it. Here at Mozilla She does her best to contribute, in Webmakers by hosting events and teaching the web, in Firefox OS by teaching how to build apps and hosting events. Like FOSS and open source!
Kudos and credits to the womoz Komal from Mozilla India!
Link: Komal Gandhi
[Joint post by Delphine Lebédel and Flore Allemandou]
- Delphine Lebédel :
We have important and great news to announce: Flore Allemandou, long-time French Mozilla contributor (in the mozfr project) and amongst the very first members of WoMoz, is taking the leadership of the project as of NOW!!! We are all super excited about this, and can’t wait to start working with her in driving the project forwards.
In fact, I have recently decided to step away from WoMoz leadership, for various reasons that I have explained to the WoMoz community. Briefly: I want to commit entirely to the tasks that have been assigned to me within my new role in Mozilla, and do not have enough free time to dedicate to WoMoz (which I was working on during my free time). It was a hard decision to take, and I have thought about it during a loooong time before taking this decision. But I feel and believe that the project now needs to continue growing thanks to someone who can entirely commit to it – which is not my case. And who better than Flore, who has seen this project grow from it’s very beginning, and has always dedicated so much love and effort to it, to take it on from now? It is with the utmost trust and joy that I pass on the “reins” to this incredible and devoted woman! I am sure she will be an excellent leader, and do not regret a second this decision, although it was hard to take.
I will of course continue to follow the project, and contribute to punctual actions when I am sure I can fully commit to them. WoMoz will in some way always stay my baby, and I can’t wait to watch it grow!
I would like to stay brief and just let Flore fully take on her new role and let her introduce herself now, so I will finish now by saying: THANK YOU WOMOZ ALL OVER THE WORLD. You are beautiful people, you have helped me grow in many ways, and I have learned so much thanks to you. Thank you for your support, for your help, for your hard work, for your joy and all the fun I had
This is not an “adieu”, but an “au-revoir, et à très vite !”
And long Live WoMoz!!! You all rock!
When Delphine told the committee she was stepping down from the project, we were stunned at first. Then we began to think who could take her role in the project. A few days later, Kensie sent an e-mail explaining how the project could be driven a bit differently and then avoid the issues we encountered previously that slowed down womoz. In that email, she wrote (on purpose) “let’s say Flore volunteers”… As I read this email, I asked myself “Do I volunteer?”, I already knew the answer: of course, I volunteer! Nonetheless, I decided to take one day of reflection: “I want, but can I do this?” and other questions came into my head. At the end of the day, I heard a small voice telling me “Is there an imposter syndrom out there? Or is it just me?”. And I knew I could do this or at least try my best.
Kensie did not force my hand. But she told me subtly, that she thought I might do a good job there. It’s very important to know that you are not alone and that friends believe in you and will stand by your side. I may be taking the leadership, but we are a team and together we will lead womoz forward. My role will be to lead discussions, set timelines, assign tasks, make decisions if needed and avoid endless and unproductive debates. And if I ever turn to a dictator, it’s everyone’s role to protest.
We have plans for womoz at the summit, we are working on that. We may even have some surprises. My own wish is that we meet as many WoMoz as possible in every location and discuss what we want for womoz, what we could do, what you expect us to do. I will be in Brussels and I’ll be glad to talk about WoMoz, don’t hesitate! The only thing that would annoy me is hearing afterwards “I saw you, but did not want to bother you…”
I have faith in WoMoz, and in the days of doubts we went through, a sentence came back to my mind “Faith manages.”. Believe me, it does!