Mozfest 2015 Report

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Yay!! This year I attended my first Mozfest 2015 which was held at Ravensbourne College, London, 6-8 November 2015.

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MozFest is an annual celebration of the world’s most valuable public resource: the open Web. The Web unlocks opportunity, spurs creativity, teaches valuable skills and connects far-flung people and ideas. With over 1700 participants, 300+ sessions, 8 spaces, 50+ pathways, Mozfest is awesome. In the whole weekend we were building and teaching the web. I was interested to  attend Mozfest to build my leadership and skill development.

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This time I was selected for Mozfest as a part of Global Gatherings by Mozilla participation team.

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In mozfest, first day most interesting thing was that  I attended Science fair. There were plenty of stalls with innovative ideas. I have almost explored every stalls. I learned new technology, met the pilot behind the technology.

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I have totally understood Mozilla’s Vision and Strategy. Other than that I attended  Community Leadership Summit–( a great session I have ever attended), Facilitation Skill Building Workshop,Participation Leaders meetup.

In next two days, I tried to focus mainly those session which are under this “pathways: leading and building community through participation“. Other than that I attended some technical session. Also I attended “Tech Speaker program” and “Mozilla Campus” and few very important session for me.

Also I have several discussion with program community manager as core contributor for those program like FSA, MDN, Mozilla Science Lab, SUMO, QA etc. I have shared my 2016 goals related to that program with respective person.

From those activities and conversion in Mozfest, I started my voluntary work as per my goal. For my first goal “Increasing QA participation In india”, I have already started preparing for this. Hopefully by this, we would started activities for that.

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My all those activities are relevant to Mozilla because it supports Mozilla’s Goals, strategy and community.  Those things will help to build strong community, increase more participation in Mozilla, enhance community members’ leadership and skill development and community development.

My call to actions are

  • Building QA community in India
  • Organize tech speaker program in local community
  • FSA regional community development
  • Helping Mozilla campus program
  • Organize some events which will enhance community members’ leadership and skill development

Increasing more participation in local community by learning program.

Before attending Mozfest, I have shared Why Mozilla, Why Now, Why  and My mozfest experience

Our participation team is here

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I would like to thank George, Emma, Francesco and whole participation team for giving me this opportunity to attend Mozfest 2015.

All pics source: Mozfest 2015 Flickr album.

Hope you all like the blog.

You can find more blog on Mozfest 2015 here .

 

 

 

Maker Party on Road

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Hopefully, you were aware about “Maker Party on Road” event during official maker party 2015 season. After the event I thought I would definitely share our lots of experience, fun with rest of the world. So I put it to my to-do list. Yeah, I got some time today to write this blog…….

First of all, what is “Maker party on road” ? it sounds like crazy nah!!! Yeah! first time in the world also. It’s all about just learning , making , instant sharing on road with pedestrians and travelers.

This year, when official “Maker Party” kicks off, we got to know that this year’s Maker Party is all about teaching others how to “Read”, “Write” and “Participate”, So initially, I thought this we may do something new according to this year Maker Party’s theme. Then I chalked a plan about this event, then shared this plan with other community members at our first maker party of 2015 in our town. Everyone not only just showed their interested, but also they given how to better this event and how the event would be run, what would be the probable activities. That day we finalized initial plan.

Next thing why we have chosen the road. We know that we can meet different types of people who are waking on the road, may be they would be Software developer, chaiwala, rikhsawala, police, student, IT professional, small business man etc, sharing with them about event idea, what we are going to do here etc. Actually, it’s really difficult to get people like chaiwala, rikhsawala, police etc  in house event except IT professional and Students . As well as we can teach the people in crowd, that was also my longtime desire, besides that was great enjoyment of when teaching .

Then I started digging into maker party resources. And Yeah, the activities were listed for the event.

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Next thing was making some materials for the events like making some cards for learning web mechanics, web literacy. Then printed HTML puzzle box ( Thanks Yofie for bringing this HTML puzzle box initiative), made some quiz questions for participation etc.

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At last the day 29 July, 2015 was come. There was heavy rainfall in the morning that totally made worst civil life condition in the city. So we thought we could not run the event. But after 1 p.m, by the grace of God we got pleasant weather for next 4 hours. It made us so so lucky. Special thanks given to SUN.

Our activities were there WEB LITERACY,  WEB PRIVACY,  MAKING COOL STUFF,  FUN & GAMES.

How these activities suites this year maker party’s theme. We may think this way

  • Read WEB LITERACY,WEB PRIVACY and know what is it.—- under “Read” section
  • Make something cool stuffs by webmaker app and thimble  —- under “Write” section
  • Join us at Fun and Games —– under “Participation” section

Is not it ???????

So I created  a pathway how we can approach the people to come and join us.

(In future, if you are interested to host “Maker Party on Road” , please check it out this  presentations )

Then we started approaching people to join us by reading, writing, participating. Here we played our roll as a teacher by giving them cards related to web mechanics, web literacy.

Then we asked them to provide bad password to make one collage of bad password. Also we asked them some ideas how anyone can make strong password. Then we teach them about their privacy when they surf internet as well as, by what are ways they can save their identity when using internet.

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They we showed people about webmaker app, how they can make some thing cool stuffs there and share instantly. Also we showed them thimble for making their own webpage and x-ray goggles for hacking favorite website.

Some people chose the “Fun and Games” from our activities. For that case,  we offered them “HTML” puzzle box to learn basic HTML tag. Also we offered HTML quiz, where we had a set question basic questions, True/False, fill in the blanks, output of the code etc.

So here, we were five people including me. I trained them first how they would conduct this event while I shoot the video and taking pictures of all. Yes Sometimes I also joined in the conversion with participants.

Then we took a group photo and took foot steps towards our home happily. Because the event was organized successfully. We completed our goal as well as our dream.

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This was  how event was ended. Believe me, during the event, there was not a single drop of rain. I am very happy to be a part of this Webmaker community, which always gives me the joy of teaching.

During the event, we met 80 + people, some signed up sheets are here…

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Feedback from participants

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On the next day of the event, I started editing the video. It almost took 15-16 hours to  make it ready.

At the next day I uploaded it and shared in the world.

At last I would like to thank you ….

Without you all, the event could not be possible.

Next Who am I ?

Yeah, My name is Biraj Karmakar, IRC: biraj, Webmaker Super Mentor, Mozilla Reps and 5 Years Mozillian …..

May be it took some time when you were reading this long blog post, I am so sorry for that.

Thanks once again for reading this!!!

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HackOnMDN Berlin-March-2015

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In last week, I was in Berlin for HackOnMDN 2015 as a sponsored mozillian. The event was held in Mozilla Berlin office. No doubt office is so cool.

Now I am going to share my experience of this event. First of all, I need to clear one point that this was a no-meeting zone – we spent the three days doing actual work & produce something tangible from each and every session/project.

On the very first day, there was our introduction round. Then Ali discussed about Mozilla & MDN goals.

1957921_781006855281015_5905929203900106631_oThen everyone started pitching ideas on what they would work here. That’s how I shared my ideas. Basically, I pitched that I would work on Glossary , MDN Recognition and MDN screen casting for different projects.

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So now I started work on Glossary elements. Basically all the glossary elements are not ready as per it’s original definition. So I checked whole glossary elements and created one etherpad with wrong glossary elements.Also started fixing those. Also I have created one card in trello. SO every glossary contributor can follow up. Also some glossary elements have huge documentations . Those elements has been picked up and processed for further discussion.

Now on second day, I started working with MDN recognition with Janet, Ali, Diane. As a VP of recognition at FSA program, I shared the idea how we are running this system. Then we created draft for MDN recognition system. Now it has been ready for further discussion. Ohh yes that day I created the open badge for this event.

Now on last day, me and Niklas together made some videos  completely ready for MDN projects.

Check out the first one

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Also that day, I was there in MDN Talking Table. This was actually a round table discussion. That’s all about past, present and future of MDN. That was totally great.  If you are interested you can download it. Niklas helped a lot for this.

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I attended some portion of “MDN swag” meeting.

And the last thing was MDN demo time on the last day. That time, we all actually demonstrated what we have done in past three days.

Luke, thanks for this pic.

At last we took a group photo

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I am very pleased inform that whatever I pitched in the first day, at the end of the event everything was ready.  This event ended with great success. At last I would like to thank Mozilla MDN team for giving me such opportunity to work with them.

Hope you liked reading this long blog 😛 😀