Hour of Code event at GRD college of Science

Summary:

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An orientation session on Mozilla projects was held on 6-7 December 2019 at Dr. GR Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore. This talk was part of the “Hour of Code” event, which is an International event celebrated across the globe to encourage students to develop their knowledge on Computer Science. This event was supported by Open Knowledge movements like Wikimedia, Mozilla, etc.which would help students to share their knowledge in the form of volunteerships and contributions. The highlights of Campus Club program was covered as part of a focussed group discussion.

Hour of code event

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The “Hour of Code” is an International event conducted across the globe to commemorate the birthday of Grace Hopper, a computer scientist. In India 1047 events were officially registered and were conducted region-wise. In Coimbatore, Dr.G.R. Damodaran College of Science initiated the first Hour of Code event in the city. The event was attended by 400-500 students, where 50% of the participants were identified as women, from various departments and 6 Open Source and Knowledge movements’ community members were invited as speakers. Among them were Mozilla, Wikimedia, Google Developers Groups, Facebook Devcircles, Women Tech Makers and School of AI where all the community representatives pitched to the student gathering on how to contribute to these groups. The students were enthusiastic to initiate Open source clubs and also nominate a Point Of Contact with the guidance of the faculty members.

The Orientation- Day 1

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I was invited as a Chief Guest for the event to talk to students about how they may contribute to Mozilla and its projects. I presented to the students the various forms of Mozilla which would be of interest to coders and non-coders. This also included discussions on Campus Clubs, WebVR, Firefox Reality, Mozilla Hubs, Addons and Rust. As the participants from the college were mostly from Tamil Nadu, I also emphasised how contribution to localisation projects of L10n and SUMO.

Focussed Group Discussions – Day 2

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On the second day I invited the students to form circles or groups based on their interest of contribution. There were four teams formed and I shared with the every possibility of getting themselves involved into the projects. Resources on where to begin and how to contact experts both in regional and global levels was made understandable to the participants. The final day ended with great discussions and also I encouraged the women in crowd to openly discuss about the issues they face and what will make them feel safe to sustain their contributions as a part of the community.

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Press coverage about the event can be seen at Desathin Nambikai , The Covai mail news , Prime Time Tamil , Covai news and Updatenews360.com

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