MozActivate events at Coimbatore

A month before Paarthibalaji asked for event at his college for software freedom day. It was like a long time planning to introduce more about test pilot in his college. We ( Karthikeyan , vignesh, khaleel, and paarthibalaji) started planning this long back. It is one of big event happening inside Tamilnadu.  In another side Prashanth also wanted to initiate Mozilla community related club activities in his college. Both of them are active contributors who are also amazing students in their respective college. Prashanth is more active with respect to quality assurance based activities and paarthibalaji contributes more on IoT track. 

Saturday was really a big day very big schedule. Paarthi woke up early and waited for us in the bus stand. Khaleel, me and Karthik joined him and reached his college. His college has really good ambience and his friends are very friendly. We started the event around 10:30, felt bit late. Then Khaleel was giving introduction about FOSS. And Karthik was getting ready for his talks about Mozilla clubs & web vr.  Parallelly myself & vignesh went to lab. Vignesh was setting up the  IoT kits he got, parallelly Myself and other 4 contributors who are also part of weeks of contribution started installing latest Firefox nightly in around 40+ computers and we opened Mozillatn website, so it will be helpful to know other participants for test pilot installation.


Check out @mozillaTN’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/mozillaTN/status/777046649080197120?s=09

Then Karthik helped students to know more about Mozilla campus clubs. Unfortunately due to lack of proper internet connectivity in seminar Hall he was not able to show webvr demo. Then myself and Karthik left SNS and started to SKCET. We were bit late due to huge traffic in the city. After grand lunch we started our session.

Before reached college, Prashanth has already Installed Firefox nightly in 50+ machine and he has also installed webcompat addon.

The first session we had there was how I get started with Mozilla community and how it impacted me personally. I am always very excited to say how I started and where I am now. 

Then Karthik started about Mozilla campus club. Lot of students were very enthusiastic to know more about it and opportunities it have. We then had small Q&A session .

I was very amazed to see the huge crowd (75+) with lot of energy. After this we started towards lab. 

In lab the plan was to introduce more about Firefox test pilot and webcompat in parallel Karthik will sharing about Mozvr will people finding bugs in website. 


We had installed add-ons first and we’re explaining how each and every add-ons helping me personally to improve my browser usage experience. Then we started with webcompat part, share how to find a bugs how we can report and what all contributions we can do. Students started filling bugs they found in the websites. Some of them filled bug in Mozillatn website. 

While students filling bugs Karthik was introducing them to webvr project. Some 10 students missed chance to learn but at same time there were 20+ students who stayed for some more time and was learning more on webvr and seeing the demo.

After this we started for small get together arranged for contributors around Coimbatore. We had some discussion on Mozilla Tamilnadu growth, bringing more evangelist, and some updating Mozillatn wiki pages about all events happening around. 


It was really a very big day and meet lot of new amazing people. Soon we will be pinging them back to share slides and get feedback about events and helping them to board into community. 

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MozillaIN Planning Meet up 2016

Mozilla India is one of the biggest contributor community and vibrant one. For past few years we are growing very strongly and consistently. Last year 2015 was very amazing year for us, after Taskforce meetup, we contributors had ambition to bring much more contributors, due to this aim number of student contributors grown to huge number due to this everyone had some confusion like how to report the events and contributors they have brought and events they have done, then how to highlight the contribution done by the contributor near them, this should some ways to bring regional communities. Even we in Tamilnadu started a small regional community named MozillaTN with the aim to highlight the contributors in our Tamilnadu so it will be exciting for others to contribute on seeing them, like me everyone  had aim to not to move out of Mozilla India community goal. So to make sure the amazing contributors are recognized and everyone goals are align we had Community India planning meetup.

I reached bit late to session on first day, joined from session handled by Haiyya  where we learned more about Story telling. It was one of awesome session where we learnt more about us and to project us.

Then George jumped in and started to share what are the vision of Mozilla and Mozilla’s area of focus for the next 6 months. Shared those amazing areas below

      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 divided among us into 5 different groups to learn what are these areas and to share with remaining other contributors. I had opportunity to form team with Ankit and Faisal, one of amazing  people. Had good time to interact with them and work with them.

Among those areas listed above, I am glad I am closely following what happening at 1 & 3, then trying to learn 2.

Then we had the design session on forming the Task Force teams. Before that we got to know how the Mozilla India task force team was started and what was its goal by Vineel and Deb. These two are amazing people who used to come forward first whenever we need any help.

Then again we divided as 5 members team and started working on how we should have the task force team for Indian community in future. This time I was sitting with Vineel, Mehul, Prathamesh, Anivar and George was note taking all the points we were discussing. Then the consolidated points were shared by George and Vineel

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Some of my suggestion was, there should be an easy way for  all sub communities to inherit task force model, functional contribution areas should be there in task force team, and then there should be a team which can work with all the team to work on exciting projects and get it done.

Then we had quick discussion on what happened on that day, and we had grand dinner at hotel and then left to where we stay. And amazing group photo at venue.

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Then next day we started the main session with what are the goals of Mozilla India community meetup, tentative date when it will happen.

So my suggestions were like finding new ways of recognition (letter or appreciation , Linkedin recommendation and so on), determining ways for cross sub-community communication. Then we got a chance to learn how Mozilla India community started, which is an interesting and surprise session by Vineel. His talk was always well organized, calm and exciting.

Then we got chance to split and take some amazing responsibilities to work for upcoming days. I got chance to contribute as Regional Co-oridnator  along with Mehul, Akhil. We three are responsible to check whether our learning at this Meetup is shared, finding exciting leaders from different parts of countries to share what happened at planning meetup and will also pull up some other ways to contribute, planning to contact various Mozilla Employees with whom I am in touch to know what is their teams focus but for this role also we have an amazing team (staff / functional team) members Sayak and Anivar. There is logistics team which includes Prathamesh, Chandrakant ji , Sayak who is going to take care of the upcoming meeting, they are responsible for making meetup huge success  and to document whatever happens  we have Ankit, Kailas, Harsha and the we have to do facilitation during meetup and bring amazing contents for that we have very huge team of 5 members Mayur, Anup, Priyanka, Meghraj, Diva, and there is an amazing team who is going to find the shape of taskforce team and form structure of Mozilla India  Deb, Vnisha, Prathamesh, Vineel, George +2 people (from the broader Mozilla India community who show great interest and meet).

Then we were discussing how the contributors should be in general, we had some of the amazing selection criteria shared to Mozilla participation team. It was very interesting to sit and discuss with Deb, Sayak , Anivar and Diva regarding this and share our thoughts.

Some of the learning from this meetup is we should have Clear point and should know well to express them, it comes by experience. And a good community members loves to hear form other and then gives positive suggestions. There are contributors who are very committed to the mission and what they contribute, it is purely not committed in terms of hours but it is whole hearted.

I had chance to interact with Chandrakanth ji, he is one of amazing person, helped me whenever i got lost in Pune. I used to talk with him in telegram, finally got chance to meet him.  He was interested to mentor amazing contributors who are ready to learn new things and contribute to community. Hope I can find contributors here, so we can learn from him.

I should say thanks for Sayak who was there with me till  my flight.

There are many contributors around India who are committed, have lots of energy to contribute and share their knowledge and motivated to take amazing initiatives. It may look like India has lot of sub-communities but we are always standing together to contribute and share our knowledge to others. The upcoming meetup will be bringing lot of new contributors who were learning and talking in online to meet offline, it will be amazing days to choose what we will be driving in our contribution areas. The new journey is about to begin soon with amazing Goal settings and learning.

Mozcafe at Salem startup space

Recently on June 25th Black corporation founder & CEO introduced Salem startup space. He had a very good aim of bring knowledge on different domains and skills to Salem community. It was really an exciting day and an amazing day to get started for Salem folks.

I also attended event with aim for learning about people who are in my native. It was really amazing to see lot of ideas related to IoT and software startups jumped in. It was nice to see young amazing entrepreneur at that space from Salem.

I have shared this news about meeting to the trainers  who are in #MozillaTNwoc16 are around Salem. At first three told they will be joining, so I thought  I can discuss about the improvement and taking the community to next level, but on that day only 2 trainers turned Bhuvana meenakshi and Ashley rose, paarilovely had some issues so he was not able to come to meet on time.  And those 2 people have brought in around 8 other young students who willing to learn amazing things.

On that day I was introducing people about what are all contribution I get started and where I am landing now, what’s my future aims for contribution to all the audience. Then at the end of the meet up, I personally called both the trainers and sharing what’s our aim of weeks of contribution, what we planning to achieve and how we can build our community. And was discussing how we can try to use this space for doing events related to Mozilla. 

I was very happy to meet another 2 trainers in the list. I was very happy to share my knowledge and get feedback from people in building our community. 

One of our plan was to host all the events in weeks of contributions at the Salem and specifically we are planning for 1 day specifically  hackathon session related to web extensions during August 15th. 

Online Firefox OS app development Introduction

For past few days we had events in our MozillaTN (Mozilla Tamilnadu Community). We had Weeks Of Contribution program where we introduced. It is one of the first series of program and is more ambitious for our local contributors. We had a very big roadmap for next one year.

Last week we had introduction to Add-ons development by Naresh kumar who have been contributing for very long time. To follow this, we had Firefox OS app development introduction alone.

The main agenda for this is as follows

  1. Introduction to Firefox 
  2. Introduction about WebIDE.
  3. Introduction to Marketplace

The slide which is used for the Presentation is as follows

The whole video about regarding the presentation.

Some of our participants

  1. Mohammed Adam
  2. Arvind Srinivas
  3. Karthickeyan
  4. Nandha
  5. Anuraag
  6. Venkat Raman
  7. Indhumathi  
  8. Jayesh KR

We have planned to learn more about Firefox OS API’s in upcoming weeks. The journey of learning more about Firefox OS will be great. You can expect lot of post about this in upcoming series.

For this week we have a short website development task for attendees.  Some of the works are listed below

more websites will be updated in future.

MLS Tamilnadu Wrapup

For the past month lot of contributors around Tamilnadu are travelling with Mozilla Stumbler in their Android device. We have came to the end of the event. We have announced the contest on Jun 2015 after seeing many communities have the contest in their region to bring more MLS contributors. It is also like a small contest to give some introduction for the first time contributors. Very soon we will be expecting pan India level MLS contest.

We have also built the decided leaderboard to see share how much each and everyone are scoring. Around 30 contributors all over India have participated in the contest.  And I have kindly informed top contributors like Rigin, Kumarasen and others in our country to mentor the upcoming new contributors, so it will be easier for new contributors to show their face as winners.

This is one of the first Geolocation Stumbling Event for contributors of Tamilnadu. All the training were given in online and blogposts. People were able to contribute well with this.

So the Final list of People who contributed (overall India)

List of Tamilnadu Contributors 

So many have thoughts on what’s next step. As mentioned before in our Tamilnadu Community Roadmap the top contributors will be helping us in our  future events and building the strong MLS community in India and in Tamilnadu.

Mozilla Location Services Contest Meetup Tamilnadu

Mozilla Location Services  is one of the most interesting contribution done by many Mozillians all over the world. In my previous post I have also mentioned how easy it is to start contributing to MLS services.

So in Tamilnadu we had a small pilot project where we are inviting new contributors either they are FSA, or experience professional to know about various contribution areas of Mozilla and its service. We called it as Weeks of Contribution, I have also shared about it previously and the impact that is going to be created due to this project as post.

In our First week on June 5th 2015 we had a introduction session about this project and what we are going to do and how we are going to create the impact. Then we have declared two main event one of the major event was Mozilla  Location services – Tamilnadu Stumbling in a Box.

Our main aim was to capture new places around Tamilnadu. This region is not so active in MLS, so would like to start it. On this first session around 10 community members have joined

  1. Karthic Keyan ( @hellokarthic )
  2. Dinesh Mv
  3. Vigneshwer @dvigneshwer 
  4. Mohammed Adam @mohammed_adam24
  5. Viswaprasath KS (@iamVP7) – Host
  6. Bharath vijay @bharathvijay38Bala
  7. Techone @balatechone
  8. Vignesh Thivagaran 
  9. Venkatesh S @venkatselva8
  10. paarttipaabhalaji@paarilovely

We have created etherpad to show our agenda and the whole event is captured in Google+ hangouts on air, so at any time any can watch. The notes about the whole session is also available in etherpad

Below is the one of the happy moment shared by one contributor.

To make the contributors active we have also created a local leaderboard. The main moto is to bring the first time Contributors to start contribution for the MLS project.  We hope we will bring some more people into this.

Mozilla Tamilnadu community Roadmap

Mozilla Tamilnadu community is one of the fast growing community. Lot contributors all over the region doing their best to teach what they have learnt. In next few days we can see good contributor base from this region.

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One of the good initiative and effective one is starting of Weeks of Contribution program where contributors sharing their knowledge to teach new contributors about the areas of contribution.

3 Months roadmap (July-September)
We have defined some of exciting contribution areas of Weeks of contribution. We will be having more events and more sessions on them for next 2 months fully. The main aim of conducting events to learn with gamified approach. For each and every events Say MLS , l10n there will be some goodies from Mozilla team. The main aim is not goodies distribution wanted all to learn and start contribution. Open source community is full of learning and gaining more experience. This learning and experience is more equivalent to professional experience.

Take code contribution, Mozilla use git for some projects. As the same each and every organisation have git or hg for code management. When u contribute to open source the project mentors and admin will help you right from documentation to bug reporting to bug fixing. The same approach you can use in your office to solve project bugs. Here we learn for free without spending money as some do by going to classes. These experiences can be gained from classes unless you work on real time projects.
Take localization many contributors who I know and who contribute to l10n currently work as full time employee of RedHat  maintaining lots of documents and writing new things in their language. These people may have other specialization like in code or in UI or UX but they are also more enthu to bring technology to their language.

With this main aim we MozillaTN community will teach basics of each and every areas of contribution and will conduct events so people gain basic of professional knowledge.

After these series of teaching and events we will have a community Tamilnadu meetup where active contributors are invited. These contributors will be discussing how to take contribution to next level. And in this meetup for each area of contribution Mentors will be assigned and along with them peers will be there. Mentors and peers active involve in teaching new contributors. Mentor will be active participant to drive community forward for next year. Mentors will additional have good leadership skills compared to peers. Peers will help in organising events and documentation of events. At any time Mentor can Resign his position and give opportunity to peers. Each Mentor can serve the role for  4 months or 6 months based on number of mentors and peers.

6  Months roadmap (July – December)
After finishing the weeks of contribution and Community task force formation the next step is to have good documentation resource and video tutorials for all areas of contribution. Say this documentation involves writing blog posts on each and everything about contribution. Say if it is about app development then technical team and documentation team will write about the API’S and localization team will help to translate it to local language. The local language post will be in contributor blog who made it.

In the mean time we also will create video tutorials and the website will be updated reg information like app of month by community members , addons of month by community member, theme by community members, bugs solved translation done and so on.

Next 6 month phrase (Jan -June)
With the enough resource we created we then go forward to being new contributors and conduct more offline events to have good interaction and participation. In mean time communicate with global teams and Mozilla India community to shape and help contributors.

Learning is a continuous process , we can’t stop it in a day or in a week. The roadmap is shaped such that the contributor focusing particular area learn well, have good resource with him. Then he / she share with others. It’s is not possible for a contributor to teach samethings again and again so having resource created before will make job easier. If people search these documents come automatically else if they ask we can point easily.