Bal Seva Sadan Maker Party by Rajasthan’s WoMoZ

Meghraj Suthar

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Wonderful womoz from Rajasthan (a local community of Mozilla India) organized a webmaker party in Lakshmangarh. This event took place in a government school where the students have almost no access to computers. So the organizers focused on explaining the basis of computers and the internet to the students. Because the internet will play a role in their future and these children are the future of their country.

I will now hand over to Ayushi to explain how the event went…


So here is the story of our Event in Bal Seva Sadan, Lakshmangarh (A town in Mozilla Community Rajasthan) that was held on last Sunday.

Team at Bal Seva Sadan

Team at Bal Seva Sadan

The team gathered up at 4:30pm. We reached School. Students were awaiting for us excitedly.

This time Mozilla Mustians were more excited for the event.Because this time we were having some more new enthusiastic members in the team.

We taught the students of class 3rd to 5th. They didn’t have much knowledge about the web. When we taught them about Internet they find it very interesting as they were not familiar with the exciting features of Internet.

We started by the gaming session so that the session become more interactive.

Tripti told them about us. And gave a basic knowledge that what things they were going to learn.

Priyanjali came up with the idea of Computer System and devices of Computer. They all have seen computer but not Laptops. So this time we showed them how laptop works.

Priyanjali drawing rough diagram of computer.

Priyanjali drawing rough diagram of computer.

Then Garvita taught about the Networks and How can we communicate with the other computers all over the world.

Then me (Ayushi) told them about the Web and Web browser (especially Mozilla Firefox ;)) and how we use Internet.

Teaching how to work on Mozilla firefox.

Teaching how to work on Mozilla firefox.

Srishti told them about us :) . Who are we (FSA) and what do we do.

Rishbha gave very good examples of Web Security and made it easier to understand.

Rishbha giving examples of Web Security

Rishbha giving examples of Web Security

And finally Rashi told them about Open source.

Rashi explaining open source

Rashi explaining open source

Then We asked some questions. They were very happy by answering and getting goodies and chocolates.

Getting Swags and Chocolates.

Getting Swags and Chocolates.

So whole session was completed by 6 in the evening.

Team members were working and coordinating with each other so well and Event went awesome.

A photo with Bal Seva sadan.

A photo with Bal Seva sadan.

We had an another event i.e. Webmania also with school students, we taught  them about Computer and Web. How it is important for their future and about much more.

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Thank You So much Prachi Jain and whole Rajasthan Community who helped us.

We will conduct some more events there soon :)

Thank You Ayushi for your great event story and thanks Flore for helping me as Co-author ;).

Have a Great Day!

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Women who play to win on Firefox OS App Days USACH in Chile

Lourdes Castillo

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App Days USACH is a full of three sessions, starting in August 23rd and finishing in September 6th. Type of event: ‘hacks sessions’ for intermediate level developers. The goal of the App Days is to introduce Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, and share knowledge about the tools available to help developers get started building apps to submit to the Marketplace.

The last 6 of September we close the workshop of Firefox OS with a full day of Hackathon. People started sharing their demos of good ideas.

So, I would like to comment in this post about the women who play to win in this hackathon. YAY! Yes, this is our first Firefox OS App Days with lot of women doing applications and the best we have winners. Congratulations to all awesome women developers from Chile!

Urbano Speed (Urban Speed) WINNER APP​​, Karina González [Application Winner] application is available on Firefox Marketplace https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/urbano-speed/ and Github: https://github.com/karangop/urbano-speed

So, the other app created for women, is really awesome. The App is a game called Cuarto Rey (a typical chilean game on holidays) :P

Cuarto Rey (Fourth King) GAME APP, consisting of Camila Marin, Javiera, Claudia Guzman and the application is available on Firefox Marketplace https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/cuarto-rey and Github: https://github.com/Minina/cuarto-rey

We encourage to Karla and Rosa finish their apps and submit it on Firefox Marketplace. Both of you are amazing. Good job, girls! :)

Karla Rojas developer of Mata Conejos

Karla Rojas developer of Mata Conejos

App of Mata Conejos, Karla Rojas. Github is available: https://github.com/JanoSoto/Mata-Conejos

App of Predictor, Rosa Muñoz. Github is available: https://github.com/KrizValentine/Predictor

Kudos and credits to Karina, Javiera, Claudia, Camila, Karla and Rosa, the womoz developers from Chile!

WoMoz Warangal’14

Hema Bhanu

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This time Mozilla Club Warangal came up with this extremely wonderful event especially for girls-”WoMoz Warangal’14″.Actually,we planned this event on 9th august,but due to few reasons we preponed it to 28th july.God has a reason behind everything that happens.And yea,this event made my opinion strong.Cause,if we would have done it on 9th,we wouldn’t have got this huge response.

As we preponed the event,we were under lot of pressure,my joining date was nearing and the only thing that I had in my mind is to make this event and make female students be part of open source and mozilla community.I was ready for the challenge.”When god has put something on my heart to do,I can do it”,I strongly believed in this.I made the mozillians and my friends this thought of mine.And,the team responded so positively that they immediately reacted and we started planning accordingly.

We only had a week time in our hands and we didn’t waste a single day.We spent each and every day in making preparations.We even went for campaigning to reach maximum female students.We released a teaser for this event and we did all those things that we planned to do on 9th.may be we couldn’t have done this wonderful if it was on 9th.The only objective is to increase female contribution in FOSS and Mozilla.

Finally,the day has come and we got into action.We executed our plan well,all the teams co-operated so well.Though it was raining heavily that day,we got our target participants.Around 250 girls from various engineering colleges came up to the venue.When I went into the auditorium,I was shocked to it packed and we started it by a formal inaguration and after that we started with the sessions.In the morning session,I covered the womoz and then on I moved with the basic concepts of Javascript and it was a Hands-on session.After the lunch,we divided the strength into two batches who can choose either Webmaker or Localization where app development and firefox os were made mandatory.All these were Hands-on sessions.Later,we collected video feedbacks.Certificates were distributed to all the participants and the active participants were shortlisted and asked to collect goodies.

At the end of the day,trust me,we were able to satisfy all the 250 participants and am very much sure that this program gonna give community a good number of female contributors.My Inbox overflew with messages.I received around 70-80 mails who felt that this event really helped them knowing the WoMoz platform and many of them wanted to have a womoz club in their college and asked to conduct many such events.

 

 


I am overwhelmed with such an awesome response.I am so happy that I met the event metrics and especially made the participants feel a worthy day.It’s time to mention few people whom you can consider as the hero’s of the event:Hemanth,Ajay Jogawath,Bhargav Gupta and Maniraj, Who worked so hard and encouraged me.Santhosh-Rep from Hyderabad,who came here without any hesitation and who took the app development session.The Balaji college Mozilla club members:Vijay,Bala and Sandeep.The registration desk members:Bharathi,Sindhu,Srujana,etc,who are also now the members of WoMoz Warangal Group and The person who captured these memorable event:Samarpan Raj.My Mentor Mr.Gautam Raj,who is very supportive.The man behind the designing and teaser creation:Akash Harsha.The Jayamukhi Group Of Institutions for providing the venue.Each one of you,thak you so much for being with me and making this possible.Above all,to all the female participants,Thank you so much and WoMoz is ready to welcome you all!!

Yes,am proud of organising such a wonderful event and yes,”We Women make Web better” :).
These are the links of flickr and feedback videos,hope you like them :D
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajayjogawath/sets/72157646066686232/
Youtube,Feedback vidoes: http://youtu.be/LofvoJu-lO0
http://youtu.be/IiNaXmrEfmQ
http://youtu.be/RxJn4_YSIiU
http://youtu.be/D8T1n9ZIc5g

Adacamp in Berlin and Bangalore (dates changed)

Flore

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Mozilla is a Gold Sponsor of AdaCamp, “the world’s only conference dedicated to increasing gender diversity in open source software, open data, and similar areas of open technology and culture.” AdaCamp will be hosting events in Berlin (11-12 October 2014), and Bangalore (22-23 November 2014). As Gold Sponsor, Mozilla receives reserved tickets for qualified attendees. Applications to attend AdaCamp are now open. Look forward to a continued strong presence from Mozillians.

/!\ dates for adacamp Bangalore changed

http://adainitiative.org/2014/07/applications-open-for-adacamp-berlin-and-adacamp-bangalore

CTG WoMoz Tech Fest

Maliha Momtaz Islam

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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.

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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.

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Our Community Lead and local mozillians with invited guests

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.

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Participants’ Crowd At The Registration Confirmation Booth

 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 .

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                             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 .

 

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                       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.

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Moments from Webmaker Session (one of the Three rooms)

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.

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Moment from Firefox OS App Training Session

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 !!

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On Receiving Cool Swags and T-shirts !!

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 .

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Participants wishing best of luck to CTG WoMoz Tech Fest !

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 !

Heros Who Worked Behind !

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 [1]  here |Newspaper Coverage [2] here | Blog post from one of the  volunteers [3]  here |Blog Post from one of the participants [4] here  | A few participants Response [5]  here     | Link to the Photo Album : [6] CTG Womoz Tech Fest Flickr Album | Event Detail [7] Here in Reps Event Portal | One of the developed apps [8] 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 !!  ;)