IEDC Summit 2017

KUMARESAN C.S

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IEDC Summit 2017 Mozilla Kerala hosted a booth at the IEDC Summit 2017 organized by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSM) on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Adlux International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Karukutty, Angamaly, Kerala, India. This was an opportunity for the community to expand our presence at a large startup platform in Kerala. The Kerala Startup Mission (KSM) has always been very supportive of our activities and were happy to have us at the event.

Mozillians Syam Kumar and Kumaresan CS arrived at the venue around 08:40 AM where Navneet was waiting for them. He arranged for the registrations of the mozillians for the event and the booth. Salman arrived with the banners and the VR gear in a while. The mozillians set the booth up with 2 laptops hooked up to 2 VR gear.

The crowd started flowing in around 10 AM. It was mostly students, but wasn’t limited to students alone. We had engagements from all age groups. The plan was to give an introduction on the various initiatives of Mozilla :

  • Safe Web – Privacy
  • Dive into Rust
  • Campus Clubs – initiative for students
  • WebVR & IOT
  • Building open source culture

Each volunteer at the booth was assigned an initiative to talk about. Syam Kumar talked about the Safe Web – how to maintain one’s privacy in the digital world. He also briefed about SuMo too. Navneet gave an introduction to Rust. Sooryanarayanan and Sharad Joe talked about Campus Clubs. There were a lot of students interested in the initiative. We provided them with relevant information as to how to register a campus club and the benefits of campus clubs. Salman and Kumaresan talked about webVR and the vast opportunities of virtual reality in the world. They also gave a hands-on experience with the VR gear so that participants could get some practical insight on the virtual reality world.

We had expected an approximate of 2,500 – 3,000 participants for the event. The event saw 3,224 attendees. Distinguished guests visited our booth and appreciated the initiative. Most people who took a peek at webVR were enthusiastic to go back and build their own VR with webVR. Students were interested in Campus Clubs, so, we can probably expect more number of Campus Club registrations this year. Overall, the participants who visited the booth got to know about mozilla and its activities.

We found that this opportunity helped us interact with students and staff of various colleges. It strengthened our relationships to a great extent and also expanded our network. The event ended at 05:30 PM.

About IEDC Summit

Kerala’s largest summit for aspiring student entrepreneurs. Innovation Entrepreneurship Development Centres (IEDC) are small incubators that are physically available at Engineering, Polytechnic, Management and Arts & Science colleges which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship at the college level. Kerala Startup Mission (KSM) is supporting 193 IEDCs across the state. These IEDCs help the students to come up with innovative ideas to work within the IEDC and start their entrepreneurial journey. The program includes 3000+ students from 193 Colleges and around 20+ idea pitching, 50+ project presentations have been included. Around 5+ Investors and 20+ Speakers were also part of this event.

Take a quick peak at the happenings of the event :

If you’re interested in looking at more photos, head over to Flickr.

Windows 10 Campaign – Kochi Edition

Akhil James

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Twenty passionate Mozillians came together on November 22, 2015 at Hotel Seapark in Kalamassery, Kochi to discuss the recent update of Firefox for Windows 10. The goal of the gathering was to retain users to use Firefox after upgrading to Windows 10 Continue reading …

Mozilla Kerala Community Meetup 2015

Akshay

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Twenty of the most active and passionate Mozillians of our community came together on October 2-3, 2015 to plan and discuss Mozilla Kerala for the year 2016 and beyond.

The planning for this year’s meetup had begun few months earlier itself. There were some blocking questions in front of our community which could only have been answered by everyone putting their heads together. There was a delay in the clearance of the budget which lead to the dates being pushed to this month, but in the end, all the pieces fell in the right places with some help from the newly-formed Mozilla Participation Team.

The overarching aim and the impact we wanted to have by the end of 2016 was to attract, build and retain contributors in the community. We started our discussions with that in mind.

Day 1

Housekeeping : How are we organized as a community?

There are a wide variety of platforms and tools available for various tasks. Using different services for the same kind of tasks leads to a problem of opaqueness. As an open community, we wanted to avoid that and bring visibility to all the communications we have. We decided to use the following (and only the following) tools for the respective tasks :

General Discussion Kerala sub-category on Mozilla Community Discourse
Bi-Weekly Meetings #kerala on MozNet
Documentation Kerala page on Mozilla Wiki
Administration Issue Tracking Mozilla Kerala Bugzilla
Development Mozilla Kerala organization on GitHub
Development Discussions Mozilla Kerala room on Gitter
Development Issue Tracking Github Issues

A community can’t grow if its structure does not allow growth. Decentralization of power is an idea everyone agrees with that allows more contributors to feel that they are a part of the community and work for it. But when faced with the need to get things done quickly, many of our core contributors have to assume more responsibility. And in an open community, with great responsibility comes great power. In the long term this might make potential contributors feel powerless or intimidated when they should actually be feeling empowered to take on tasks.

To facilitate newcomers in getting the resources and privileges they need to feel empowered, we formed a set of SOPs. We believe that theses SOPs are enough to guide and resolve any issue of conflict that may arise in the future. We decided that our community would be generally governed by these SOPs and not by any one person in particular. We expect these SOPs to evolve over time to accommodate more things. If you feel that you’d like to contribute to these SOPs, feel free to spark up a discussion going on the community’s discourse or feel free to join us for our next bi-weekly meeting to bring this up.

Day 2

Reaching Out

There were brief discussions on new initiatives to be implemented in the coming months to meet the goals we set. We quickly discarded ideas that have poor Return of Investment (RoI) and divided among ourselves the responsibility to organize various large events. Wait for announcements of these in the coming weeks (or months).

To make better use of our website which has been left unattended for a really long time, the developers set out on multiple new projects. We will soon have a brand new homepage and portals for different contribution pathways. If you’re interested in contributing to these ideas, feel free to reach out to us on our IRC channel : #kerala.

Mozilla Kerala Meetup 15

The participants of Mozilla Kerala Meetup 2015

You can view the exciting tweets about the event at #MozillaKeralaMeetup15 and read the raw etherpad notes. Also read this blog post from an attendant’s perspective.

Mozilla 2 School – Malappuram & Palakkad

KUMARESAN C.S

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Mozilla 2 School is an initiative of Mozilla Kerala exclusively for students of the schools of Kerala. Mozilla 2 School aims to empower school students to learn how to use the web and other technologies. Mozilla Kerala organized a 4-day back-to-back Mozilla 2 School events in 4 schools from August 3-6, 2015 in the districts of Malappuram and Palakkad in association with Kerala Startup Mission (KSM). Children of ages 13-17 enjoyed the introduction to the latest trends in technology and got a chance to play hands-on with a few of those technologies. Continue reading …

Firefox Spring Campaign, Kochi

KUMARESAN C.S

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There is a saying, if you wants to achieve something you have to dream high. The community organized a Firefox Spring Campaign to promote the use of Firefox on the mobile. People from different parts of Kerala came together on June 20, 2015 to join the “FoxYeah” campaign. Continue reading …