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