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:
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.