My March Contributions to Mozilla Community

This March month is very exciting month for me in terms of contributing to Mozilla Community. I should thank all my friends and other Mozillians who helped and invited me to many events. Right from First day of this month I have been engaged in Community activities very actively.

March 1st 2015

On this day we (Mozilla Chennai Community members) went to interesting Carte Blanche event where there will be full knowledge sharing between open source communities and college students.  We (myself, Naresh Kumar and Sachin) had opportunity to share about Firefox OS, Firefox Accounts and Firefox Add-ons.

I personally handled Firefox OS session. I introduced some of the API’s.

Some of the interesting facts of the event

  • around 250 New Firefox Accounts have been created.
  • Around 350 got introduced about Firefox OS and Firefox Addons
  • Around 200 Students shown Interest to become Firefox Student Ambassador

March 5th – March 7th

During this three days two days are fully dedicated for Firefox OS learning and hackathon and third day is all about general session. It was really one of the great event and full of dedicated Tech enthu. Anokha is biggest annual Tech fest conducted at Amirta University. For this event around 120 students came for hackathon.

Mozillians participated

  • Jai
  • Achyuth
  • Gauthamraj
  • Abhiram
  • Kumar Rishavb
  • Ashyuthosh

First day is full of teaching about Firefox OS. The students were mostly from 1st year and 2nd year of UG. So they had only little knowledge about coding. To tackle this I have created a small template which students can edit and create small Firefox OS apps. Create a template My city which is based on Firefox App of the Month contest.

With the help of this template around 30 apps have been created by 60 students in total on that particular event. Thanks to Nino who is another App reviewer like me helped in reviewing this apps.

March 8th

This day we had simple hackathon at MIT chennai again after 1 week. On this day around 20 developers came and developed apps. Around 12 apps completed on that day.

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On 14th and 15th

This week I didn’t attend any physical events, but I was interested in conducting it online. So I remember there are some MDN tasks which has to be completed. So in #chennai we all sat and were discussing about creating MDN pages for Firefox OS. We had online MDN Sprint

Some of the Pages Created

Karthic

Khaleel Jageer
Subhash

Sayan

On the parallel day Khaleel had a event on Localization, I got to learn from him about it to translating Firefox OS apps in Transifex

On 21st and 22nd

We planned to have a booth at VIT chennai on Android Amaze. Our main aim was to introduce students about Mozilla Stumbler, Firefox OS and Firefox Students Ambassador program. We also displayed Firefox OS devices (Flame, Intex Cloud Fx). One of the awesome interaction we had was during introduction of Mozilla Stumbler to a student.

Open Source Air Quality Monitor

There are many system which monitor the heat level of a certain area or tell us the direction of a destination.But with air pollution reaching a   whole new level it demands actions to be taken.We have come up with a   pollution detector which will give pollution level similar to heat maps of earth in real time.Our project is open source has a compact and is cost efficient.
We are looking for  cloud based services ,to connect the user to the device 24*7.With Mozilla we are giving the independence to user to monitor his house air quality from anywhere be it office or another country.We can setup devices in buses ,trains  and other public and  private transports to get the data from a city,state,country and finally across the Globe.
From this data any tourists can get the tips of what type of
remedy is required to counter the pollution in different counties.We can create awareness about how  our daily activities contribute to  pollution and thus take one more step in a cleaner technology and greener future.
We have our prototype ready with all the specification .We are looking forward to work with Mozilla and contribute
to the society.

We had around 600 Students visiting our booth.

Blogpost

I used to test Firefox OS with nightly version, and write blogpost about interesting features it has. In this month I wrote about Find My Device option which is available in Firefox 2.0+
Finding Firefox device from browser
Enabling Find My Firefox Device
On 28th and 29th

I was having a small idea about bring new contributors to Firefox OS apps Localization. So I tried to contact other regional Localization experts for help with this event. Since many language people are getting involved we decided to make it online, so we can easily teach other in IRC. In India Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Kanadam and Telugu contributors participated. For other languages it was bit difficult to find in short time. So we (Rigin oommen, Ayan choudhury, Biraj, Khaleel jageer, Raj suthar,Veera Manikanta, Sukanta Pal) talked in Facebook and decided to mentor new upcoming contributors.

Around 9 apps have been translated by Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil Community members.

Localization Contributions By me.

I have Translated around 3 apps in this month

Firefox OS Marketplace Appreviewer

This is my main Area of contribution, this month I was busy with lot of other contributions due to which I was not able to contribute much. Around 167 apps has been reviewed till today.

It was really a wonderful month of contribution, I was able to contribute to Firefox OS app, Firefox OS knowledge sharing, Firefox OS Localisation, Firefox OS devices Writing in MDN and also to Firefox OS Marketplace as App-reviewer.

A new Start of my Localization Contribution

Most of my friends know I loved to spend my time as Firefox Marketplace app reviewer. It is really a great responsibility and fun to contribute. I love to play games very much, so many apps before coming to Firefox Marketplace I will test them and see how it works. It is awesome opportunity.

Recently few days back I got an opportunity from Havi to contribute to Localization (l10n) project and two weeks back Khaleel also had taught about me. I had one thing in my mind, that I have to bring new contributors to projects. So I ran a quick poll in Facebook at Mozilla India group

Lot of Contributors loved it. Among them for the most voted language we took and long time contributors discussed and willing to help new contributors.

  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Kandam
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Bengali

Here is the etherpad link

New contributors were excited to do, but some of the apps are removed and some languages have to be approved yet.

I contributed to Tamil language, at the end of the 2 day sprint we saw 4 new tamil apps localized. I personally contributed to 2 apps.

The problem I found we are not able to bring more contributors is the lack of awareness about localization and also it was very short time everything was done and also my little knowledge about localization.

Booth at VIT Chennai

It is one of the big event which happened in Chennai. Around 1000 developers came to the event for one of the biggest Mobile application hackathons.

We had lot of plans before this event, planned for local swags because turnout will be very high. But we are not able to get, since we decided to make stickers a week before. In this event we had plans to interact with developers regarding Firefox OS and we know mostly students are coming so we planned to introduce more about Firefox Student Ambassador Program and also students used to travel more around city so it will be really great to introduce about Mozilla Stumbler.

For this event we have got two interesting contributors outside Abhiram who is contributing to webmaker and bug fixing, he recently also help us in Anokha for Firefox OS app development days and also Manivanan who is active FSA in his city.

Mozillians attended the event Manivanan, Abhiram, Karthikeyan, Achyuth, Franklin and Subhash.

At first we had some random talks for first 1 hour, and then hackathon started. For first 1 hour no one came. Then around 11 AM everyone started to come one by one. Lot of interesting discussion were done. Many of the students who attended my talks before came and discussed about news various to contribute. Some of the students had discussion about Appmaker.

We divided ourself into Teams, Abhiram and Achyuth were discussing more about Mozstumbler and very contribution path, Manivanan and Karthikeyan gave introduction about Firefox Student ambassador program Franklin and Subhash and me gave introducing about Firefox OS and Firefox OS device demo. We had Flame with Firefox OS 3.0, Keon with Firefox OS1.1 and Intex Cloud FX. Many students who saw the device loved and asked where they can purchase it.

One of the Interesting discussion made with students when Abhiram & Achyuth was talking about Mozstumbler is

Open Source Air Quality Monitor

There are many system which monitor the heat level of a certain area or tell us the direction of a destination.But with air pollution reaching a   whole new level it demands actions to be taken.We have come up with a   pollution detector which will give pollution level similar to heat maps of earth in real time.Our project is open source has a compact and is cost efficient.
We are looking for  cloud based services ,to connect the user to the device 24*7.With Mozilla we are giving the independence to user to monitor his house air quality from anywhere be it office or another country.We can setup devices in buses ,trains  and other public and  private transports to get the data from a city,state,country and finally across the Globe.
From this data any tourists can get the tips of what type of
remedy is required to counter the pollution in different counties.We can create awareness about how  our daily activities contribute to  pollution and thus take one more step in a cleaner technology and greener future.
We have our prototype ready with all the specification .We are looking forward to work with Mozilla and contribute
to the society.

The discussion were great and we saw lot of interesting students in this event. Many students are from 3rd or 2 yr of study, they wanted us to visit their colleges to share our knowledge with them.

In Future we can see lot of interesting events focusing specific areas like Oneanddone, l10n, Evangelism, bug fixing.

Localisation of Firefox OS apps.

Khaleel Jageer  is one of the expert Tamil Localisation contributor. He used to encourage most of the new contributors. He recently was discussing with me about Localisation of Firefox OS apps in transifex even few days back I had opportunity to contribute to Localisation through this portal. It is very interesting and easy to do. He invited me to the event happening at Villupuram, near our city, but due to personal work was not able to attend the event and told him I will join in  IRC. We used #mozchennai to contact.

At the end of the day I translated one app and reviewed it also.

Short notes from Wiki

First of all I thanks to Mohammed Adam[2], Subashini and Sathish. These people did the background work to make this event successful. And I’m also thank to Mr. Karkee(Founder of Jeevika Academy), Who gave the support to host the event in Jeevika Academy.

Event started with general intro about Free Software Philosophy. This 20min speech given by Mohammed Adam[3]. Then Mr. Karkee talk about History of International women’s day and Role of Women in this Society.

Laterally these two people handover the session to Mr. Khaleel Jageer. He started with Technology and Women in technology. Later He went into Mozilla and its project. Then he raised the question about importance of Language to a human. Simultaneously he fired another question importance of mother tongue to a human. This two question make the participants to think more. Ultimately they started to answer with their own point about language. From this involvement he moved the session to Mozilla Tamil Localization and Translation.

First He took Mozilla pootle project then moved to Transifex project and finally Support Mozilla translation.

At-last we distributed some books about feminism to the participants who are all active in throughout the session. Then distributed the Mozilla swags to the participants.

Total Number of Participants = 49 + 6 Volunteers from local Community.
Volunteers:
1. Mohammed Adam[4]
2. Subashini
3. Satheesh
4. Priyadharshini
5. Priyadharshini
Thanks to the Volunteers…

Event Photos uploaded here

When I talked to Khaleel he told the students were very enthu. But I was not able to join them in person. Hope they ll make good contributions in future.

MDN Editing basics by Chennai Mozillians

I loved Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) very much. Due to its rich information in the website. I have contributed before giving small demos at MDN studios, participated in devderby event and have edited some small parts of MDN. Few days back Chris Mills added FX0 devices in MDN pages. I got introduced to them, and was asking whether we can also add other consumer devices. After some discussion everyone agreed to add pages about devices. But for sure in long time, maintaining them should be discussed again. I started writing pages for 4 Indian Mobile devices and some of the devices were already present at MDN. Working alone is very difficult and it wont help to know who are the community members interested to do. So decided to get help from Community Members at Chennai region (India) Then last week had poll in Facebook with community members and came to know some of them are interested. So this weekend we all planned and started talk in IRC (#chennai) On saturday we had small introduction about us all and then decided all can take one mobile and start writing MDN documents. Etherpad Some of members Interested are as follows

  • Achyuth KP
  • Viswaprasath
  • Sayan Goswami
  • Krishna Pokkuluri
  • Subhash Daggubati
  • Karthic keyan
  • Shreyas
  • Khaleel Jageer

But at the end some of the contributors didn’t had option to take any mobiles because we had only few mobile left for documentation.

Contributions after the Introduction
  • Huwai Y300II – Sayan
  • Alcatel One Touch Fire – Viswaprasth
  • Cherry Mobile Ace-krishna
  • Alcatel One Touch Fire E – Subhash
  • ZTE Open II – Khaleel Jageer
  • Alcatel One Touch Fire C- Karthic

So everyone took one device and spent this weekend successfully on creating MDN pages. Everyone know it is very basic but it is first step for the contribution. In upcoming weeks we will have more small events like this so we can create a good set of contributors in the community. Devices Which were already there

Karthic

Khaleel Jageer
Subhash

Sayan

Some of the blogpost about Sprint by other contributors

Hope in upcoming days we can make new heights in contribution.

Firefox days at Anokha

Anokha is one of the biggest Annual techfest conducted by Amirta University Coimbatore. It has very huge number of student followers. More than 5000 students attend the event. This year Anokha team has reached Mozilla Chennai requesting to help with a Firefox OS session  & hackathon. It is 3 day event, planning for the event started 2 months back. Student Coordinators from Anokha are Raghav and Tharun and some of their friends.

Day 1

  • First day we gave a small introduction about Mozilla as a organisation. This session is handled by Achyuth (fellow rep from Mozchennai)
  • Followed by this we divided students into two sections. One part of the students very learning basics of git and another were learning about Firefox OS basics. git session was handled by Kumar rishav and achythosh while Firefox OS session was handled by Jai and Achyuth.
  • Then we had a small break for lunch. Post lunch Achyuth introduced Mozilla Appmaker tool which we can use to create simple applications.
  • After that Kumar and achythosh gave some basics of HTML,CSS and JS.
  • I was developing a template which can be reused by students for developing applications.

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Day 2

The actual plan is to do active hackathon. We came to know some of the students have very basic knowledge about web techonolgoies. So we asked them to use the template which is developed by me to develop simple text based applications. In one session along with me, achyuth and Abhiram joined. And in another session Kumar and achythosh helped students.

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The hackathon ended around 7.00 PM. Gauthamraj joined us at the end, he was waiting to collect swags for long time.

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Day 3:

In this day, Gauthamraj explained various contribution areas with which students can contribute. and Abhiram explained about Webmaker. Then Again gauthamraj explained about Firefox Student Ambassador program to around 400 students.

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It was really a great event I have been. Nearly 60 people singed up for Firefox Accounts. 30 apps have been submitted to Firefox Marketplace. 150 students learned about Firefox app development. 400 students came to know about various contribution areas.

Hackathon at MIT on 8th March

In My Previous post I have told about CB event at MIT, where Mozilla Chennai helped with 2 session. on 8th March again Department of Computer Science of MIT, Chennai invited us to help students during hackathon.

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The day first started with share some small introduction about Firefox OS and various API. After that we have shared the theme as Your Favorite city which is also theme of Firefox Student Ambassador program. Some of the students came late and very waiting to learn about Firefox OS and some students joined as they had some doubts. So took a short session on how to start an application.

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Then around 4.00 PM students stopped coding their apps. Myself along with Naresh and Anna carefully watched each and every app developed and based on following metrices MIT gave 3 prizes. Metrics as follows

  1. UI & UX.
  2. Theme of the App.
  3. Platform it supports.
  4. Concepts learned.

Most of the students used the template created by me for Amirta University 3 day workshop. But with that template they learned how to edit HTML, CSS and done some amazing stuffs.

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Then Shared some of the Goodies to the participants.

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Transit Guide is the winning app of the day. It is currently waiting for approval from  Firefox Marketplace. Developers used Google Maps API’s and showed the bus route between two places.

All photos can be found on flickr