India uses Firefox Nightly: Kick off on May 1, 2017

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In my last blog, I have announced that Mozilla India is going to organize a special campaign on Firefox Nightly Usage in India. RSVP here.

Everything is set. Gearing up for the campaign.

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BTW Recently we have organized one community call on this campaign. You can watch it to know more about how to organize events and technical things.

  • How to get involved:
    • Online Activities
      • Telling and inviting friends!
      • Create the event in social media!
      • Writing about it on Facebook & Twitter.
      • Posting updates on social media when the event is running.
      • Running an online event like webinar for this campaign. Please, check the event flow.
      • Blog posting regarding Firefox Nightly technical things, features and events.
    • Offline Activities
      • Introduction to Mozilla
      • Introduction to Firefox Nightly Release cycle details
      • Why we need Firefox Nightly users?
      • Showing various stats regarding firefox
      • Installing Nightly on participant’s PC
      • WebCompat on Firefox Nightly
      • How they can contribute in Nightly (QA and Promotion)
      • Swag Distribution
  • Duration of Campaign: 2 months
  • Total Number of offline events: 15 only. 
  • Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightly
  • Duration of each event: 3-5 hours

Swag is ready! 

 

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Swag for offline events

For requesting swag, please read here.

Also, we have the budget for these events. You can request it. Know more here .

Other than that if you want to know more about activity format, event flow, resource and more thing, please read the wiki.

If you have a special query, please send a mail to Biraj Karmakar [brnet00 AT gmail DOT com]. Don’t forget to join our telegram group for a realtime chat. 

 

 

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India uses Firefox Nightly – A Campaign especially for India

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Fellow mozillians, I am super excited to inform you that very soon we are going to release a new campaign in India  called “India uses Firefox Nightly“. Behind this campaign, our mission is to increases Firefox nightly usages in India. 

Why India?

As we all know we have a great Mozilla community around India. We have a large number of dedicated students, developers and evangelists who are really passionate about Mozilla. We have seen that very few people in India actually know about Firefox Nightly. So we have taken an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly throughout India. Firefox Nightly, as a pre-release version of Firefox targeting power-users and core Mozilla contributors, is a glimpse of what the future of Firefox will be for hundreds of millions of people. Having a healthy and strong technical community using and testing Nightly is a great way to easily get involved in Mozilla by providing a constant feedback loop to developers. Here you can test lots of pre-release features. So it needs little bit of general promotion, which will pump to bring a good number of tech-savvy, power users who will be our active community members.

Few Key points

Time Frame: 2 months Max              Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightly

Event Duration: 3 – 5 Hours              Total events: 15

Who will join us: We invite students, community member, developer, open source evangelist to run this campaign.

Parts of Campaign 

Online activities:

Mozillians spread the message of this campaign around the India as well as through social media (facebook, twitter, Instagram), blog, promotional snippet, email, mailing list, website news item etc.

Offline activities:

Here any community member or open source enthusiasts can host one event in his area or join any nearby event for helping organisers. The event can be held at Startup Company, School, University, Community centre, Home, Café. 

Goals for this initiative

Impact:

  • 1000 Nightly Installed
  • 20 New Active Contributors

Strength:

  • 30 Mozillians run events
  • 500 Attendees

BTW have you tried Firefox Nightly yet, download it now?

More details will come soon. Stay tuned!

We need many core campaign volunteers who will help us to run this initiative smoothly. If you are intersted in joining campaign team, please let me know.

Have design skills? We need a logo for this campaign, please come and help us here.

My dream project – Digital Literacy Camp 2017

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Sorry, for posting this late. Actually last few months I was so busy. That’s why I could not write this here.

As you all know, the world has now transformed into a global village and the digital literacy movement will touch every city one by one. Lack of web literacy can push young minds to the darkness of ignorance, where no dreams prosper. That’s why I started this initiative called “Digital Literacy Camp 2017“- this is my dream project.

So let me introduce you all to my Dream Project – Digital Literacy Camp 2017 – aim to reach 100 students in my city and make them powerful web citizens, transforming the little part of our whole country.

I started my campaign in various crowd fudging site from December 1st week’16.

Our training period starting from 1st Mar to 31st May 2017. So we already started our training……..

This is three months staggered campaign to educate 100 underprivileged students on and prepare them for a better tomorrow. Here we have 100 Students from the unprivileged community. 1 Common dream. The Desire to learn – Basic Computer Learning, Internet & Web Literacy, Spoken English and Smartphone usage.

Why this 100 students from the underprivileged community:

Some children are born to lead. But at some point time, these students are always used to hear “NO”, because of their economic condition but we are saying “Yes” to their dreams. Our goal is to open a whole new world to these underprivileged children by fueling their curiosity. It is not just about education, we will help these kids learn effective skills through fun activities. Let’s work together to empower a generation of digitally literate citizens. They are here to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our campaign video:

Our goal:

After three months’ training, the students will:

1. Understand the working of a computer and know about the various programs.

2. Use English while communicating with others. 50% of the content produced on the internet is written in English, so the spoken English skills will come in handy.

3. Utilise the power of the internet to understand the world in a better way. Explore the new way of learning through the Internet. They can know more about privacy on their online life. They must know how to connect online and utilise the online resources.

4. They can know how the smartphone can transform their life. Also, we have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning spirit in them. These beautiful minds will; get the best resources from us and that included proper infrastructure, skilled trainers, study material, the internet and skill-based class training.

Impact:

Students are bombarded with tonnes of information every single day and it is very hard for them to retain the right information. We must concentrate our efforts on making them effective consumers of information. Digital footprints are permanent and if they lack digital knowledge, they will never develop the ability to differentiate between what is trustworthy on the web and what is not. As they are proceeding down this path, these young students are growing their vocabulary, learning how to do research and most importantly their critical thinking skills are developed. The little joys are priceless. The smile on their faces encourages us to work harder. If a little move can create so much difference in their life, we can definitely do bigger things for them. Bigger things can bring bigger changes. Teaching with a difference can make learning easy.

We already started our training

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Our students with guardians on 1st day of class | Date 01 March 2017

 Few photos from our training classes

 

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These are all our trainers, taking classes

For more photos, please follow our facebook and twitter. Campaign hashtag is #digitalcamp2017.

We have not raised sufficient money from crowdsourcing platform. Still, we need your help. Every contribution is equally important to make this initiative successful. Your gift can give them a hope to live and become educated digital citizens.

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           If you are outside of India then this link for donation.

People staying in India can donate us through these

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We would like to thank all donors and supporters. Want to know more about this program, please read here. Help us to make these kids proven Digital Literate persons.

If you have any suggestions or comments please share with us.

 

 

 

Web Compatibility Sprint at NITDGP

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As a part of MozActivate initiative from Mozilla, we, from Kolkata community, organized an event at NITDGP  campus on  Web Compatibility on 5 Nov, 2016.

Participants were from 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year engineering students.

Our event agenda was

  • Introduction to Mozilla mission
  • Intro about Web Compatibility
  • Environment Checking 
  • Help install the developers install Firefox  (Mobile / Laptop)
  • Installing Web Compat Add On
  • Focus on the India’s top local websites 
  • Explore ways to become even more involved in the WebCompat community:

We started our event as per agenda.

 

After our brief introduction, we asked students to download latest Firefox Beta in laptop or in mobile.

 

After Web Compatibility hands-on session, students were really excited. Then they started hunting bugs in India’s top local websites.

At the end of the event, we showed them how they can more involved here.

Then we invited them to join our Mozilla Kolkata community.

We got great success at this event!

 

 

 

Report from Mozilla India Planning Meetup 2016

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Hope we all may aware that Mozilla India Planning Meetup 2016 was held on 09-10th July 2016 in C-DAC Pune, India. This is an invitation only event hosted by Mozilla India Community with people from different sub communities based on gender diversity, regional representation, activities and leadership in community. This event will mainly focus on developing options for the direction, vision, strategy and roadmap of the Mozilla India community, and undertaking detailed planning of the second phase that involves the tentative Mozilla India Gathering in Pune, August 26-28, 2016.

Here I am going to write the full report of each and everything that was happened in the event.

This event was super excited for me because of two reasons, I was happy to part of this event for revamping the structure for Mozilla India as well as it was great opportunity to meet some enthusiastic Mozillians around our Mozilla India community.

Here is event agenda.

We started our very first day by filling out one survey based on our experience as a Mozillian – this looks like we are giving an exam. Our awesome fellow mozillian Ankit collected all the survey papers.

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Then we were taking opportunity to introduce ourselves.

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First of all a big thank you to  for coming here and facilitating this event.

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Then Haiyya organized a fabulous session on story telling – how we can inspire, motivate other mozillian by describing our story.

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After that George started sharing about the direction of Mozilla, and 5 important areas of Mozilla’s future strategies.

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Reference docs for 5 important areas of Mozilla’s future strategy

      1. Firefox/Context Graph/TestPilot
      2. Future of Platform/Servo
      3. Connected Devices
      4. Mozilla Issues Agenda and Advocacy
      5. Mozilla Leadership Network

Then we have been divided in five group and worked on future strategy. Then we showed our  working templates to others.

 

Here our team was showing our strategic planning on Mozilla Leadership Network.

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After that Veteran Community Mentor and Leader Vineel shared growth story of Mozilla India, that was inspiring.

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At last we had a discussion on redesigning of Task Force though different ideas.

Here my team was proposing tightly structured design of Task Force. Though this is not final structure. In next week or so, we will open it for every community members to vote or comment on the available proposal/structure to make it more transparent and open. Stay tune for that.

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After that we concluded this event by sharing what we have learnt from that day.

This is how the event was ended. Then we headed to Mainland Chaina for dinner.

On the second day, we were gathered in opening circle by sharing our insights of last day event lessons.

That day was truly focused on main meetup. So we immediately started planning on goals.

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Then Vineel, Ankit, Vinisha and Kailas helped to categorized it in few topics.IMG_0412.JPG

Then again we were divided in 5 teams and each team worked on each. Here are the draft sheet of each goals.

At a glance – drafted goals for the meetup

  1. Develop a strategy, direction and plan for the future of the community
  2. Re-structure the Mozilla India community — structures and processes
  3. Increase the leadership/mobilizing skills of the attendees (and develop strong onboarding programs for new community members)
  4. Improve communication processes and tools, and transparency
  5. Build strong teams
  6. Build strong recognition practices
  7. Create accountability systems and a code of conduct
  8. Build a plan for increasing diversity and inclusive practice across the community

After working on planning, we started working on criteria of participant’s selection for the main meetup. Though this is not final. We are working on this.IMG_5915.JPG

Then we selected date and place for the upcoming meetup. Name has not been selected yet. Hope very soon we announce name of event with every details.

After that we started creating working groups for planning the main meetup. Every working group has built a roadmap for the next 6-weeks.

(1) Communication

Biraj, Vishal, Ashish, Siddhartha, Shaguftha

(2) Logistics

Prathamesh, Chandrakant, Sayak

(3) Regional Coord + Invitatations

Mehul, Akhil, Viswaprasath

(4) Staff/functional coordination

Sayak, Anivar

(5) Documentation

Ankit, Kailas, Harsha

(6) Content/facilitation

Mayur, Anup, Priyanka, Meghraj, Diva

(7) Strategy/Structure for Mozilla India

Deb, Vnisha, Prathamesh, Vineel, George

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 Communication working group’s draft roadmap for 6 weeks is here

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This working group is focused on Strategy/Structure for Future Mozilla India

Deb, Vnisha, Prathamesh, Vineel, George +2 people (from the broader Mozilla India community who show great interest and meet).

Then we concluded this event by committing to bringing this meetup back to our local communities. That’s why we need to host MozCafe as soon as possible with every regional community.

Special thanks goes to Grorge Roter, Umesh Agarwal, Faisal Aziz, Shahid Ali Farooqui and whole pune community  for organizing this wonderful event.

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After all, we got huge success in this event. But we have to do lot of work.

“We have rebooted now!
Let’s run the program” — This is my quote.

Yes Mozilla Kolkata is going to arrange MozCafe@Kolkata on 17 July, 2016, Sunday,  4 PM to 6 PM and place: An Idea . RSVP here .

Looking for tweets and facebook post from the event?

All Pics were taken by me and Harsha.

Though this is very long but I tried to keep it more productive by using more pics and less text.

Hope you enjoyed reading my blog.

Thanks!

 

 

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!!!

Event blogs from other community members

[Event Report] bn-IN Mozilla l10n sprint

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In last week, I organized bn-IN Mozilla l10n sprint physically.  The event was held at meetup space . In this event, 10 people were invited based on their contribution.

This was a two days event of Mozilla l10n realted projects. Basically this event is for Firefox OS release in India. Here we will work on mozilla.org,marketplace,MDN document,Marketing etc. translation.

On very first day, we started with marketplace translation.

After completing this, we started with mozilla.org translation.

At the end of the day, our l10n work statistics was

Next day, we divided our team in several parts.Some of us again started with mozilla.org translation. Some of us directly jumped in masterfirefoxos transation.

One guy from our team, Koustav alone picked up the MDN translations.

At the end of the day, mozilla.org, masterfirefxos translation ware ready.

Thanks to all l10n members of bn-IN team.

Then we took group pic.

IMG_4621So bn-IN locale is ready for next FirefoxOS launch in India. This event was ended with great success.

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 😛 😀

Bengali-India FUEL meetup

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Last week, I have arranged one Bengali-India fuel meetup . Total 15 persons were invited for this event. The event started at sharp 11.00 am. Basically, I started with brief introduction on FUEL first. Then I gradually dig into various parts of FUEL like Terminology , Style Guide , Assessment Matrix.

In next phase we started contributing on fuel terminology. Before the event Bengali-India has only one Terminology on Fuel Desktop. But that day we have decided to complete Fuel cloud, web and mobile. So we made two teams. One was for reviewers and one was for string submissions. Both team worked hard together to get the success.

In that day, I got a chance to teach people about proper localization. I mean localization is not only translation. There was some new contributors also. They resolved their quires by asking multiple questions on localization. After all, everyone loves the FUEL project concept.  We can say that FUEL project is going to be the pillar of all language localizations.

At the end of day, there was few strings left. But within that night our energetic team completed it.  Thanks everyone who made it possible. That was true happiness.

Thanks Mozilla for sponsor this event. Thank you so much Matjaž Horvat for setting up this project in pontoon . Pontoon is great for collaborative working .

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Special thanks to Rajesh Ranjan  and entire FUEL team who gave us a chance to contribute here.

Now all the terminologies are here …

  1.  cloud
  2. mobile
  3. web
  4. desktop  (already completed before this event)

All these work can be used for Bengali-India localization for any projects. Actually these terminologies should help new contributor on localization.

After all, this event was great!!!

In future we would organize more events on FUEL .