Mentoring Mozilla Contributors of EWU

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Last Thursday we went to East West University (EWU) to mentor the new contributors on how to get involved with Mozilla’s cool projects. They recently had a MozAwareness Booth at their campus, so all of the participants were very eager to know all the tricks and tips! They were so hyped up after the sessions that some of them started contributing right away! Here is a part of the contributors:

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We started out for EWU a bit late but got there right in time for the event. The lab booked for this event was already house full when we stepped into it :D Around 40 participants were present at the time. As a matter of fact, Dr. Md. Nawab Yousuf Ali sir, Chairperson of the CSE department of EWU was there to welcome us with a short but resourceful speech.

Honorable Chairperson of CSE Department, EWU

Honorable Chairperson of CSE Department, EWU

House full!

House full!

We started the Contributor Mentoring day with an introduction to Mozilla. The participants already had a gross idea of what Mozilla is and what philosophy drives us, but this introduction session cleared up lots of confusions like whether all Mozilla’s projects are open source or not and stuff like this. This session was taken by me :D

Me, asking question instead of answering :3

Me, asking question instead of answering :3

After answering all the curious questions from the participants we gave them hands on tour of IRC, the mailing lists, different Facebook groups of Mozilla. Other than a little problem with IRC chat, they got through all these steps of getting connected to Mozilla Bangladesh.

It was Zarin who gave them idea of the Facebook groups and how to get help on these groups. The also talked about WoMoz and Webmaker. An interesting aspect was that many male and female participants were equally interested in WoMoz, which proves their willingness to promote women in the field of technology. Webmaker was another project that got lots of applause because of it’s innovativeness.

Zarin talking about Webmaker

Zarin talking about Webmaker

After Zarin, Iqram came up with MDN and SuMo. Many of the participants who work as web developers already knew about MDN so Iqram showed them how we localized almost all of the MDN in to Bangla. He also coverd SuMo, describing it as,”One stop helpline for Mozillians.”

Iqram explaining the importance of MDN

Iqram explaining the importance of MDN

After we finished guiding the participants through all the communication channels, there was a question and answer session conducted by Iqram. Whatever confusion they new Mozillians had was wiped clean, thanks to him! :D

Finally, we gave the participants stickers and other swags. For all their effort and work we gave lanyards to the volunteers and a Firefox T-shirt to Sayed Mohammad Amir, the club lead of Firefox@EWU club.

Firefox@EWU's Club Lead Amir

Firefox@EWU’s Club Lead Amir

Fahmida, an WoMoz from EWU

Fahmida, an WoMoz from EWU

The event was a total success, and it ended with a few group photos and selfies :D

Here is another blog post by Maruf Islam about the event(Bangla). He is an active Firefox Student Ambassador from EWU who likes to talk about Firefox OS.

Photos:

[1] https://www.flickr.com/photos/124415049@N04/sets/72157644618326097/
[2] https://www.flickr.com/photos/smamir_tuhin/sets/72157644626937020/

 

প্রথম প্রেমে মরে যাওয়ার গান – চিরকুট

“একটু তোমায় নিলাম আমি
এক চিমটি মেঘে থামি
জলের ছিটেয় নিলেম পাগলামি
একটু তুমি বুকের ভিতর
বেপরোয়া শ্রাবণ ভাদর
ভাসাও ডোবাও তোমার-ই আমি।

মরে যাবো রে মরে যাবো,
কি অসহায় আমি, একবার ভাবো।

তোমাকে ছেড়ে যাবো কোথায়?
তোমাকে ছেড়ে কি বাঁচা যায় ?
মেঘের-ই ওই নীলে তুমি জীবন দিলে,
এ বড় সুন্দর জ্বালায় আমায়
মেঘের-ই ওই নীলে তুমি জীবন দিলে,
এ বড় নির্মম পোড়ায় আমায়!

একটু রাত ডুবে আসে
একটু আলো নীভে আসে
তুমি দূরে একা লাগে
মধুর ওই চাঁদটাকে
অ্যালুমিনিয়াম লাগে
হাঁটি আমি চাঁদ ও হাঁটে।

মরে যাবো রে মরে যাবো,
কি অসহায় আমি, একবার ভাবো।

ভালো লাগে না, লাগে না রে
বাঁচাবে আজ বলো কে আমারে?
বুঝিনা, জানিনা মেনেও মানিনা,
সে ছাড়া নেই আমি ঘোর আঁধারে,
এপারে ওপারে খুঁজি যে তাহারে
সে ছাড়া নেই আমি, চাই তাহারে।

একটু তোমায় নিলাম আমি
এক চিমটি মেঘে থামি
জলের ছিটেয় নিলেম পাগলামি
একটু তুমি বুকের ভিতর
বেপরোয়া শ্রাবণ ভাদর
ভাসাও ডোবাও তোমার-ই আমি।”


-চিরকুট

Mozilla Awareness Booth at AIUB, Spring 2014

The crowd at Mozilla Awareness Booth

“My gosh! I had no idea Mozilla has all these things going on besides the browser!” is how a visitor exclaimed their astonishment after getting to know about Mozilla a bit more from Mozilla Awareness Booth at AIUB. The booth was a successful effort of Firefox at AIUB‘s members to let the students at their university discover Mozilla from the perspective of a worldwide organization constantly working on to keep the beautiful Web open. We know it was successful when we are still getting messages through social sites and email with queries about joining this collective force, to be a part of the future of Web.

The crowd at Mozilla Awareness Booth

The crowd at Mozilla Awareness Booth

Although the Firefox at AIUB community was born almost a year ago, it’s members felt that their fellow students of the institution are still in the dark of their voluntary efforts for Mozilla. Even after organizing a Webmaker event and a meet up in November, last year, the students seem to have no clue on what actually Mozilla does, or how to get involved with it. For this very reason we took contact information from interested people who came to our booth and sent them useful links and resources on this matter.

Interested people provided us with their contact info

Interested people provided us with their contact info

A potential Mozillian

A potential Mozillian

This was a great opportunity to reach out for potential web developers and tech enthusiasts who are very eager to know the latest ideas and technologies. In the booth we talked about-

  • Mozilla’s mission
  • Philosophy of Open Web
  • Firefox OS and it’s potential
  • Firefox Student Ambassador activities
  • Necessity of WoMoz
Maliha eplaining why WoMoz is important

Maliha eplaining why WoMoz is important

We gave the visitors demonstration of Firefox OS with Developer Preview Keons. It might seem a bit harsh but we did enjoy the shock and awe in the faces of the visitors when we told them the entire interface they tried out in those phones were in fact web pages. We also hosted a small game competition of Mozzle, the very first game from Firefox at AIUB group, by rocker coder Anis Tuhin. Sadly the winner is still undecided.

We hope to see at least 100 of new Firefox Student Ambassadors from this two day long Mozilla Awareness Booth. We did learn a lot of new and interesting things about arranging booths. We are researching on these points as you read this blog post, so that we can implement the ideas from the next time.