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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

[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.

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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 .

FSA Bootcamp India

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Yay! We have organized our first FSA Bootcamp India successfully on 14 Feb, 2015 at Mozilla Community Space in Bangalore .  and this is the first FSA Bootcamp throughout the world. Here we invited 50 FSA from different states in India. Though the event was for one day but it was really cool.

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On very first day we started with Arcadio Lainez , Product Marketing Manager gave us  Firefox Hello live demo. By which he was explaining in brief all the features and future plans for Hello. Though Hello is built in to the browser using WebRTC (Real-Time Technology) for communication.

Then TJ, Community Manager for FSA joined in video chat. She gave us explanation of how we are growing with FSA program.Even she shared that what are the main key points of this program. Also she mentioned that this program is not only for marketing but also it helps the passionate people to learn new skills, earn recognition, and advance their leadership in not just the Mozilla community, but in their school and local community.

Then we took a small break. FSA have been divided into 4 groups, and in each group 1 Mozilla Rep was there. There everyone  interacted with each other and share cool experiences like

a. What motivated you?
b. What interested you to be part of this amazing global Community?
c. The thing I want to learn.

All the sticky notes

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Then Galaxy, Gauthamraj, Viswa, me explained about full structure of Firefox Student Ambassadors program. We gave more insights on club activities, club lead training, new recognition system and many more.

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and food was awesome 😀

One more point, without our awesome RAL’s help the event might not be well. Also special credit goes to Vineel  who helped a lot throughout the event.

After all, the event was great . At last we have taken some group photos.

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More photos https://flic.kr/s/aHsk52xNyj

Hashtags: #FSABootcamp, #MozSpaceBLR

Also I would like to thank Galaxy who did awesome job for this event.

Mozilla Portland Workweek

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Last week, I was in Portland, USA for attending the Mozilla Coincidental Workweek aka #mozlandia . This was great event with thousand of Mozilla staffs and a hundred Mozilla volunteers. Now I am going to share what was my role there.

Hello portland ……….

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At the very first day, I went to portland art museum, where over 800 people were gathering for breakfast. I met with many amazing people whom I know them by IRC. But that day, it was my great chance to meet personally. Then headed to attend opening addresses of Mitchel Baker, Mark Surman, Chris Beard, David Slater and many of them.

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Then I joined the MDN team meeting. It was great that I saw many faces of MDN people there. Nice to meet them also. Then started brainstorming the ideas with them. That day I had my first meeting with FSA E-Board meeting with members. This was also great.

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Next day we started with our December Office Hour . That day was cool for me. But I am excited for. Many FSA around the globe actually attended this and we have given the answers for their questions. Then headed to join the MDN team with different meetings. After lunch I again joined FSA hacksession day1 meeting with discussion of lots for new upcoming features for FSA and all. If you have missed then check it out December Office Hour .

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Next day, again started with MDN learn area meeting. As a learn area mentor, I had given my thoughts how we can go ahead this project and all. Then followed with FSA hacksession day2.

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Last day, I joined with L10n team meetings. Then I was at the Final meeting for FSA e-board. That day great foe me. Where We documented all our 2015 planning, how we can empower this program and all.  After all, in every day I had tight schedule of several meetings .

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Last night was awesome experience of “MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS ” live performance ‪of #‎rapper and #‎DJ‬ ‪#AmericanHipHop‬ duo in Portland USA. Thanks mozilla for arranging this.

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Some awesome moments for me……

1. First event where I got a chance to meet with awesome mozillians

2. Dancing with Mozillizns

3. MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS  live performance

4. First USA trip

5. Visiting Mozila Portland office

6. Roaming around Portland with mozillians

Some more pics …..

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This whole event was awesome place for me where I learnt a lot and I was the in community discussion ideas, for which I am responsible to execute those in 2015.

Some pictures credit goes to my fellow mozillian friends.

Great event indeed for me 😛 😀 🙂 😀

 

FUEL GILT 2014 conference

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Today I am going to share about “FUEL GILT  2014 , November 14-15,
Pune, India , the largest FOSS event in India for language technology.

Last two week ago, I attended this conference and this was great event. Also in last year I attended “FUEL GILT 2013” as a participant but this time I participated as Speaker of  one topic and as Mozilla’s presence organizer.  Basically The organizers of FUEL GILT Conference were Red Hat and C-DAC GIST and supported by mozilla in this year.

Let me tell a brief what FUEL is. Before that we need to know some true facts. We loves consistency,  The consistency of any product can only be achieved by standardization of its process and components . We always would like to follow this in Software localization . So for that standardization of commonly used terms in software localization, FUEL community has taken this initiative. But what is “FUEL GILT” —  This is annual gathering for all about language technology world, all about GILT industry – G11N, I18N, L10N, and translation world and this event also shows us the pain and conflicts of different cultures and languages.

Let’s dig more into it ….

Very first day, the event was started at sharp 2.30 pm with registration.Then Rajesh Ranjan , the main person behind this Fuel, gave the Welcome Address . FUEL GILT Conference 2014 was inaugurated by Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Professor Arun Nigavekar, Professor K P Mohanan, Raiomond Doctor . Also Mr. Mahesh Kulakarni was there from C-DAC Gist. They were all key note speakers. Everyone of them is  one of the most highly profiled person in india. Then Ankitkumar Patel, Chandrakant Dhutadmal started with Mission of Fuel. This was exciting to learn what Fuel gained in last year and what will in next year. Next session given by Ravikant on FUEL for Film: Learning from History. In his presentation , he used some panoramic sentences from hindi old film which is really really very pleasant and awesome.  Then we jumped on dinner with delicious food items.

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Next day, we had two several tracks one was talk and another workshop. Started with “Why globalization? – The world wide picture” by Pravin Satpute . Then it was run by several talks. Besides workshop was going on also. There was basically 6 workshops. I had one workshop on ” Localization of Firefox Marketplace Apps / WebApps ” . My presenation also has been hosted here .

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after all talks and workshops done, Open House was started. It was great discussion.

In both days some group pics were taken and swags were distributed among the participants.

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Then Chandrakant  ended  this conference with vote of thanks.

As  a part of this fuel community I have learnt so many things and will learn in future also.

At last. I would like to thank here Rajesh, Chandrakant and Ankit for supporting activities around Mozilla in this conference. Also I would like to thanks Ani for controlling this event periodically.

For photos special thanks goes to Krishnababu. More photos here.

I have taken some photos here.

After reading my blog, I hope you like it.

Bye. have a great time.

Hack the MDN and Celebrate Firefox’s 10th Anniversary

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Hi Friends,

Now I am back with blog post.

This was my first MDN event in my life. I am very glad that I have organized it successfully on 09 NOV 2014. This event was not only MDN event but also we had done our Firefox’s 10th Anniversary celebration in kolkata. Let me tell more about this event.

The agenda of this event :

  1. Brief discussion about MDN
  2. How to start hacking in MDN
  3. Intro to MDN glossary
  4. let’s hack on MDN glossary elements together
  5. Celebrate Firefox’s 10th Anniversary
  6. Lunch
  7. Continue hacking on MDN glossary element
  8. Group photo session and swag distribution

So, we have started this event at 11.00 am. Ohh ! sorry I forgot to tell one thing I have made one #MDNglossaryHackingKit for this event. So first I shared this kit with all the participants. Then started with “Brief discussion about MDN” and gave a description  about basic things of Hacking MDN. Now jumped into MDN glossary. In the mean time, there were some question & answer round between me and participants . So every participants excited to hack the glossary element . So we started hacking ……………

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First I taught them about “How to tag glossary item”. And then I came infront of them with the bunch of Glossary items which need to be tagged from missing tags  . And they completed almost 68 missing tags article within half an hour.

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Then i jumped to teach them “How to improve the glossary article by editing” . They grabbed it very fast and started to contributing. Then we headed for lunch.

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After lunch we again started with “How to write new glossary element”. Then we took prioritized missing glossary elements and started writing missing articles together from Here . And we completed the first draft of all these within  one and half an hour. Now those glossary elements are in review queue.

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Next part is celebration of Firefox’s 10th Anniversary. In this event basically, FSA joined.So they were very excited about #fx10 and #ChooseIndependent. We started with Photo sessions……….

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Then we cut the so yummy Cake for Firefox’s 10th Anniversary and enjoying a lot.

Then swag distribution happened among the participants and took some group pic.

As a Glossary mentor, this event was great for me. I am always feeling great as a Mozillian.  Special thanks goes to Mozilla MDN Community for supporting me to organize this event.

Though it’s long but I hope you enjoy it