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 🙂

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  1. Huda wrote on :

    Great work!

  2. Akshay S Dinesh wrote on ::

    How did the participants respond to the topic of Imposter syndrome? Was that actually causing girls from coming up?

  3. Mark wrote on :

    I found this page through Faye, a Mozillian in the Philippines. Her article was posted on something about Mozilla.

    You should post things more often, this is a great program.


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