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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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. 

Mozcoffee with Makilan

In previous post  I shared about #MozillaTNWoc16 after that I wanted to meet all the trainers and mentors who are participating. It will be very helpful to talk in detail for an hour in person and learn more what they think about Weeks of contribution and in general contribution to Mozilla.

It was actually sunny day on 20th June at Chennai, Makilan has came to Chennai to do his project work a week before our meeting. He was about to leave Chennai and told he would like to meet me in person, seriously I have not meet many Mozillains in tamilnadu who are currently active. I was very happy to know he wanted to meet me. Since I will be working at office he told he would like to come and meet there, thanks to him since I use to concentrate more on code in the evenings, he didn’t make any changes to my schedule. He reached around 4:30. Then I took him to nearby restaurant (A2B) pretty decent one in Tamilnadu. We ordered some foods and then started talking about contributions. Rain started all of sudden and we were enjoying our talk and food.

He was asking review about social media channel he is maintaining and about sharing birthday wishes to our region contributors, it’s seriously an amazing idea he brought which is making many contributors to engage more with our social media channels. Then he was talking in general where he can focus more and what are plans for weeks of contribution. Then I was enquiring about his project he done at Chennai. His project was very exciting one[ will get his post and update soon].  He was one of the different background person, and as very little number of contributors think he used to think different and wanted to take internet and contribution awareness to remote places and wanted to train people who are willing to learn and give back.  He was also discussing about extending weeks of contribution program structure to build community in his college.

It was really an exciting day, and he is first trainer of #MozillaTNWoc16 I have met. Was very happy to know about him and meet in person, his goals are very amazing to learn and get enriched.

Weeks of Contribution 2016

WOC

 

So last year myself along with other contributors started Weeks of Contribution Program for contributors around MozillaTN . The first version went fine, by I had lot of learning in teaching new contributors and encouraging them to contribute.  At end of 2015 Weeks of contribution we saw 15 new contributors, detailed report is available in one of my previous post

This year again our MozillaTN community is doing Weeks of Contribution. We are making some serious changes to take care of new contributors and yes we are setting some goals in the 4 contribution areas Localization, Support Mozilla, Quality Assurance and Add-ons.

This year I am going to handle Add-ons development along with some bug fixing, planning to help young developers  and bring around 25+ add-ons from developers around Tamilnadu. Khaleel will be taking care of the Localization where he made a target of 5000 strings converted by end of 2 months, he has also planned 2 offline events. Karthick has planned to share his knowledge with respect to Support Mozilla, his target is to achieve 40 KB articles translated. Adam and Prashanth are planning to host Firefox test days. So for next 2 months our community members will be busy with learning.

Why these 4 areas alone

There are large number of pathways in which we can contribute to Mozilla Community.  For very long time in our community we saw the number of contributors in Localization and SUMO is decreasing and it is very important to have browser in Tamil and support articles in Tamil so we are doing these 2. Quality assurance is very important in software development life cycle, many students who have technical knowledge can contribute to automation testing those without coding knowledge can contribute to Manual testing. And Firefox Addons are moving WebExtensions model, so it is right time to learn about it port old add-ons to this model, develop new add-ons.

Trainers are our Game Changing Contributor of 2016

Last year we had session in Google hangouts on Air that too in English, many contributors know to speak Tamil well and prefer to learn in Tamil than in English. And since it was not closed call, we are not able to track actively what contributors are doing. So this year we have introduced a concept of Trainers. Trainers are amazing people who are active and having willingness to share what they learned and train maximum of 7 people in focused manner. We had Google form so people can fill who have interest. Around 40 people showed interest.  But keeping in mind that it is going to be difficult to monitor 40 people and all the contributors who they teach (say appx 450 ppl) we have cut shorted to 20 Trainers. So this year we are having only 20 Trainers.  As of now on avg each and every Trainer has planned to teach around 5 new contributors.

What will be my role this year

  • I will be one of the contributor (along with karthick and Khaleel) who is monitoring the activities of each and every Trainers. Will be helping them when they are finding any difficulty.
  • Will be working with Social Media Team ( Selva Makilan & Gowtham Venkat) in posting updates at Facebook and Twitter then with Design member (Nirmal) to find out posters for all our blog posts.
  • Hosting offline event at Salem(Khaleel & Adam is doing at Villupuram, Karthick is doing at Vellore, Dinesh & Gauthamraj at F-infotech Erode, Ammar at   Madurai)

 

What’s my expectation at end of this weeks of contribution

One of my main goal is to spotlight contributors who are doing great job around Tamilnadu. Previously I have got chance to participate in amazing events like community India meetup (2014& 2015) and Mozilla All hands at Orlando. These meetup are really great place to learn many things. One of sad thing for me during this 3 events was number of contributors from Tamilnadu region is very low. Many contributors here do amazing contributors but due to low visibility and some guidance they are not getting proper recognition. One of my main aim is to bring amazing contributors and help them communicating with other mozillians in community, then they can easily find the path to improve themselves. I have faith, Surely with the amazing trainers we have got we will be doing well.

My main aim to join open source communities is to contribute to code base and share awareness to other benefits of using open source softwares. One of my main aim is to bring like minded contributors share their work with others through blog post social media and other possible channels.

Some of ways I can contribute is by teaching addons development, community building and helping people to get started with first step of contribution.

My Q1 Plans for Contributing in 2016

So this is the last day in 2015.  And lot of things are in mind to write. Lot of things to be done in 2016 for Professional growth, personal growth and community involvement. In this post I will be sharing mostly the things which I will be focus for community.

So 2015 is really a great year for me right from beginning. I had lot of changes in me personally and professional.

I work as a software developer in an reputed organization, where we are free to work on interesting projects and explore it and bring to good shape. I feel I am very much gifted due to my teammates. Each and everyone care others a lot and help everyone. So I had lot of opportunity to learn and explore in 2015.

Coming back to community, many know me as Firefox OS app reviewer, some as Mozilla Reps and so on. Mozilla gave me lot of opportunities to learn.

In 2015 along with other contributors in our region, we started to bring shape to our local community( Mozilla Tamilnadu), it was really a great start.

Started with online meetups, building websites (using angular JS) and forming small taskforce teams and now it is awesome and huge. I am happy I am also a member in shaping this community. In MozillaTN year end chat there was main concern in community was sustaining the contributors who love to Contributor

May be some of the things which I look which fall under that are

  • Motivating Contributors and help them to get in touch with functional Areas
  • FSA gets activated only after 3 months.
  • Keeping track of contribution done.

One of the approach I would like to bring to solve 2 of the issue will be discussed below.

Would like to introduce a structure similar to Mozilla Reps. It was awesome structure, where a person can become Mentee at first and then based on his effective contribution he will be Mentor. He will have upto 10 Mentees to guide. Similar to this we can try in Mozilla Tamilnadu community.

First would like to start with 5 or 6 Contributors who are willing to become Mentors. And then when any of the new FSA contributor joins the community, he will be assigned to a Mentor who has some knowledge about the contribution area FSA or new contributor would like to contribute to and also know about Mentors of various other contribution area in Tamilnadu, and when another one comes he / she will  be assigned to another Mentor. Here we can restrict upto 5 Mentees per mentor. The main reason is many will not have time to spend whole free time with their Mentees.

The Requirements of the Mentors

  • Willingness to help
  • Strong contribution in any one of functional areas
  • Thinking him as a good leader

The Responsibilities of the Mentors

  • Motivating FSA to get started with functional areas.
  • Scheduling Monthly private calls with Mentees.

This Mentor-Mentee relationship is mainly to focus and share what people are doing. Helping the new contributors to get started.

My main goal of 2016 Q1 is to help forming this structure. I would like to be responsible to form this community structure. For the past few days alone with other contributors I am also focusing on Community building. I feel this will be very helpful form this and run this project.

I will be happy to hear back the comments from Community members, regarding the structure and the changes we can bring here.

Another important structure to bring contribution focusing on functional areas is building functional working groups or Task Force groups. We in Mozilla Tamilnadu have very good number of contributors. And we all have to come forward to mentor contributors in our area.

Say there is a new contributor and he is under a mentor, if the mentor is aware of the contribution area of new contributor then new contributor can easily talk to Mentor and get his doubt clarified, in some cases if Mentors are not confident about any functional areas then he can direct his Mentee to functional area Mentor.

Our Functional area (or task Force team) can have upto 1 Owner who is contributing for very long time in Particular path (say l10n, webmaker so on..) and upto 2 Peers and other will become Members.  We can have rotational cycle with Peers and Owners. Will talk about this more after forming mentor-mentee structure.

If you are interested in becoming Mentor Please write a mail to shihan.viswa@gmail.com with Subject MozillaTN Contributor Mentor

will share the next steps in person. Last date in Jan 25th