Discovery of another passion!

During this year’s traditional festival of Tamil Nadu, I not only celebrated it in a holy way but also I learnt, shared and discovered. Yes, this was the exact time that the Firefox Fights For You video challenge was open and I was always eager to put my creative skills into this.

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Learnt:

Once the challenged was announced I questioned myself how to do this in a unique way because I was sure that everyone willl literally localise the content and edit the videos accordingly. But to stand out of the crowd there must be a wow-factor that not only impress the judges but also attract a lot in YouTube and other social media platforms as there were two types of awards. So, I thought since the harvest festival of my state was also fast approaching I gathered my friends and other Mozillians in my town as they had a lot of festive holidays. The next day, we planned to go to the country side nearby and do the video shoot. The plan was to do the video not only with localised content (the Mozilla TN L10n played a vital role in the precised translation), but also to show the culture of our region.

After we stepped into the fields the villagers looked at us in surprise and mistook us as the movie actors/ directors. I spoke with them all and made them feel comfortable and asked them to participate in the video too. Although many of them were shy, I managed to convince a few girls and boys to do a little stuff.

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Shared:

We took a few breaks in between the shoot and I observed these young crowd from the country side alone happened to use smart phones. I was happy that they were digitally connected, so I just tested their literarcy on web as they had some 2G speed internet connected to their phones and also they have laptops at home which they get from the government for free of cost. I asked them the frequent browser they use and the default answer was Google and I asked them why not Firefox and their response was that they did not know much about it because they are hardly even taught to handle the gadgets but just they see Google everywhere they even thought its the only existing browser.

I took this opportunity to share them what latest Firefox browser and Firefox Lite  has for them and how they must be very aware of the “privacy and security”. It was very new to them and I also showed them MDN, which willl be helpful for them start with. They apparantely did not know they can develop things themselves and even make their own user. Moreover, I also encouraged all the people of different ages to use internet in a healthy way because the community consisted of farmers and owners of very small-scale industries. They were awe-struck to know the benefits and opportunites.

 

Discovered:

The place where we went to take a video shoot at last became a campaign mission. Anyway I loved the way things went. I am so happy that I educated many and also I provided certain directions on how the video has to be composed and asked everyone to tell out the dialogues assigned to them.

The main things that highlight our video:

  • Localised precisely
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Clarity on the content
  • Most of the participants were Mozillians
  • Spread it widely

Finally, the videos were uploaded on YouTube and the words were spread on many platform (the Mozilla TN Social Media team did a great job!). Also I was inspired with the other videos too and I appreciate everyone who took efforts to do this.

After few days, the winners were announced and was really astonished to see that “we” won the “The most Popularity Award“. Yes, it was a great team to work with and I thank every MozillaTN  contributor who worked on bringing out things very perfectly as I tried to visualize.

 

As a reward all the participants received a cool special edition T-shirt. Thanks Mozilla and Mozilla Reps for the same 🙂

Above all celebrations and suprises, the most important lesson in my life is that I found the hidden talent in me as “director“. I never imagined myself in this context before but I just loved doing this. Thanks Mozilla Reps and Firefox for this opporunity again!

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2018 – Red letter days, Mozilla and Me :)

Date: 31.12.2018

 

With the New Year fast approaching I just recollected the sweet memories that the past year 2018 has given me. Of course a lot of ups and downs, without which life can’t be interesting.

Firstly I express my gratitude to all the situations, people and Mozilla for giving me more than what I expected in my life. I would like to share significant events that happened as the 2018 is going to fade out in a few hours.

January – Started my internship at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Bangalore.

February- Was officially selected as “Mozilla Reps“.

March – 1) Invited as a speaker at PES University, Bangalore and addressed about WebVR with a mini-hackathon.

2) Invited as a speaker at SRM University, Chennai for Mozofest 2018.

April – Completed my internship at DRDO

May – Successfully graduated from college with B.E. degree

June – Inaugurated a campus club , Tezilla at Narasus Sarathy Institute of Technology, Salem.

August – 1) Selected as a speaker at Devconf 2018, Christ University, Bangalore and spoke about Aframe and its applications where my audience were mostly developers and industrialists.

2) Mentored students of KGiSL college, Coimbatore for “HackyGenius” hackathon on AR/VR.

3) Started my internship as a Research Intern at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

September – Organised Dark Funnel campaign at Salem.

October – 1) Hosted a WebVR workshop at Vidyavardaka College of Engineering, Mysore.

2) Was selected as a facilitator at Mozfest 2018, Ravensbourne University, London. (very first time in my life I flew overseas)

November – Hosted a workshop at the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

December – 1) Mentored students of Ramaiah Institue of Technology, Bangalore at the Local Hack day 2018, a hackathon hosted by Github.

2) Hosted the first ever MozillaTN e-meetup on Mozilla Hubs.

3) Successfully completed intership at IISc, Bangalore.

 

Thanks a lot 2018 for all these joys. Hoping 2019 gives me more happiness and opportunities 🙂

 

Happy New Year all!!!

 

 

 

An escape to The Square Mile #Mozfest2018

Dates of the event: 26,27 and 28, Oct 2018.

Venue: Ravensbourne University, London

My first trip overseas came true  just because of Mozilla and Mozfest2018. In first place my sincere thanks to Mozilla Foundations and Sarah Allen for helping me to make myself all way to London and for Mozfest.

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I arrived at the Heathrow airport on 25th morning with my crew of Indians and we started to explore the city with our journey in the tubes. An ecstatic view of old and new buildings and with the 6 degree celsius made me remember Ooty and Kodaikanal in India. It was like me entering into a country whose replica remain similar under the name of India. So it was like a home away from home. When I was initially confused with things happening around it was so good to see the British people helping me and easing me out despite me being a stranger.

 

 

 

I stayed at Modrian London- The sea containers hotel, which was located at the banks of Thames river and the location was very busy with tourists, office workers and Mozillians. A walk along the bank of Thames was very serene and relaxing. Every morning I loved the breakfast at the hotel and the British style of starters satisfied my appetite.

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On 26th morning I was very eager to meet all the virtual people in their physical forms. Had a few minutes of training session and met other facilitators who had come for the same purpose as me. I was thrilled to see people who were attending Mozfest for  the 3rd or 4th time consecutively and learnt a lot from their experience as a veteran. Then we moved to our spaces and I introduced myself to the team. There I saw my family, yes they are none other than the wranglers of my space, and my face beamed with excitement when I met them in person. David Bild, Mariaon, Stephanie, Yo Yehudi and Marcos were all helpful to me throughout the days of the event, they guided and appreciated me for all the efforts I paid for.😊

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I also made a poster which was appreciated by many and I stuck it on the elevator in order to promote my session. But what I did was very minimal when compared to the posters of other sessions which were all around from washrooms to trash cans, where ever there was little space left.

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Then the big day came, it was 27th and I had to present my session on “Farmer’s Gear” under the Openness space and I was a bit tensed because my presentation was the first session of the day. Initially I did not see much participants but later I went around to call people for my session. Atlast some 7 interested folks joined me and a few left before the conclusion. Not sure if they had to rush for their own sessions or something more interesting than mine🙈 . But my purpose was solved, I wanted some inputs in a diverse context and I did manage to get it. Thanks to Dirk and Zannah for helping me to organise my session plan. Although my audience were 7 in number after my session I went all over the space to know what was happening. In this way, when I met people and they asked me what session I had been doing for the weekend I got to spread a word about my project to more 20 people and they also gave me valuable feedback, so my number of participants is actually 27 . But it is not just for the number I was happy to get some volunteers who were eager enough to contribute for my project.

 

 

 

Moreover, there was another session which impressed me a lot. It was called “VR colored girls musuem” 😍 and my passion towards VR and AR drove my interest to know more about it. I attended the session and was also ready to contribute for the same. It was astonishing to know that LaBrina Loving, Community Manager from Microsoft was also part of the project.

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On 28th, I explored other spaces and was inquistive in solving the puzzles in the 7th floor.

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Mozfest is the right place to meet the people from Mozilla and Mozilla Reps program ❤, which is my favorite part not just because I am a Rep but because of the sole responsibilities and other stuff I do as a part of the Mozilla Community of my region. Happy to meet Konstatina and Michael Kohler, I did clarify all my doubts and also shared my experience as a Rep with them. Also, it was great to meet Caitlin and discussed my ideas I had for Mozilla Addons and how eager I was to develop one. David Ross helped me to take a tour through the Science Fair and helped me to connect with more people. I was all about awaiting for the openings of Tech Speakers and got the right chance to meet Flaki and expressed him my crave to join the program.

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Also got the right chance to visit the Mozilla UK office and it was super awesome. Loved it!!! Discussed about Mozilla IoT and Firefox Mixed Reality and other trending projects.

 

 

 

 

The final day came, the last day of the trip and I wanted to cover some popular attractions around and my fellow Indian Mozillians accompanied me.

 

 

 

I just could not await for the next Mozfest. Truly I had so much attachment towards the place and people that I left London with drops of tears running down my eyes.

Mixture of emotions, thrill, connections, family, bonding and me made Mozfest2018 complete 😍