Celebrating 3rd Anniversary

Raju Dawadi

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This week, we celebrated the third anniversary of of Mozilla Nepal at Sap Falcha with lots of open source & open web enthusiasts. We thank all our members, contributors and well wishers for their continued support.

A quick bit of history: Mozilla Nepal was started as an open source community in 2012 aiming to promote Mozilla mission in Nepal. The date “August 26” has been marked in calendar of Open Source & Tech Communities in Nepal as the Birthday of Mozilla Nepal Community. In these 3 years, many events have been organized with active involvement of volunteers, FSAs from different colleges and representatives.

The anniversary event started at 11 am though some of us including organizers were there quite early. The objectives of the event was to discuss about current scenario of developers in Nepal, womoz, bugs finding, general talks and of course the celebration.

Nootan started the program with welcome notes including the topics to participants and new active community members. He highlighted the impact of Mozilla Nepal and talked about the future plan to make it more effective.

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Group wise discussion of Womoz and current scenario of Developers in Nepal were setup with with suggestions from active FOSS Nepal members Hempal Shrestha and Prakash Neupane. The womoz team lead by Sristi and Kritika with new members: Kiran and Pushpa discussed the impact of the community and concluded to organize more events in future and raise awareness of open source.

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Rubin shared about Mozilla location service which provides geolocation lookups based on public cell tower and WiFi data. As the open service relies on a community of contributors for collecting data, he requested all members to map the wireless networks in their area via client any apps. Festive season will be best to contribute on the way to home town.

The Anniversary cake-cutting ceremony was at 3:30 mozilla-nepal-third-anniversary-group-photopm and group photos along with chocolates were nice touch. Talk by Rho E Tye and  Manish Jung Thapa on python and HTML5 canvas app demo with development tips were really interesting.

Before concluding the event, there was talk on net neutrality relating to current situation of Nepali telecom sector.

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Hour of Code & Mozilla Webmaker – Spreading Web Literacy

Raju Dawadi

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It was hard time for all due to massive earthquake on 25 April and its aftershocks which not only killed thousands but also made many people homeless. People were busy acting on relief activities and disaster management taking their pain aside while some went to their own home town to be with their family and act from there.

Two Mozillians: Nootan and Kuber turned the hard time to opportunity and conducted Hour of Code (HoC) in their home town Dang and Kailali. The Hour of Code is a great opportunity to help millions of other people step up with web literacy skills. Nootan conducted HoC with the help of 4 more volunteers in Shree Adharsha Higher Secondary School, a government school in Lalmatiya VDC. Its good to know that the school has English medium section and a computer lab with 20 computers but there seems to lack proper management because of which only 5 of them were working. Nootan has shared his exciting experience of fun in teaching-by-playing in his blog. Its really interesting.

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Kuber, an active Firefox Student Ambassador in HCOE also couldn’t stay calm after returning back to his home village after the quake. With his three friends: Daman, Srijana and Namrata, Kuber conducted HoC in three schools: Khadga Memorial E.B.S, Sant Nirankari Vidya Mandir and Shree Ganesh Baba E.B. School where he found the students really excited to know about basic computer science. He has also shared his experience of organizing the events in his own words in his blog.

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Beside HoC, Mozillians got focused on Bi-weekly meetup and Webmaker events. The MozCafe-type meetup was started to discuss about different areas of contribution and entertain new idea that could be implemented via community. The documentation of each meetup can be accessed from this general format link: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/moznp-bm-(meetup number). In past few weeks, series of Webmaker events were organized including one at Himalaya College of Engineering. Firefox club lead, Shashi Khanal shared about the goal of starting Mozilla Webmaker to help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. Nishan Bajracharya made the participants familiar with HTML, CSS and Javascript basics.

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Build Your Own Firefox @ HCOE

Raju Dawadi

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Inspired from “Build Your Own Firefox” event organized in India few weeks ago, similar event was organized today at Himalaya College of Engineering(HCOE) in Chyasal, Lalitpur today. Active Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) and Mozilla Representative for Nepal, Nootan Ghimire hosted the event with lots more participants than expected.build firefox event at himalaya college of engineering1

He started with some bits about Mozilla Community and what it does, and made participants clear that Firefox was a product of Mozilla.

And then, he ran the participants through the steps to acquire Mozilla source code, said something about mercurial, and version controlling. He also mentioned about what nightly was.

After that, he showed demo on building Mozilla Firefox compiling its source code which used mercurial and shared tips on how to edit some basic functionalities in the browser. Also, instructions were given on how to build the open source  browser in linux distributions and Windows OS. The source code of “the most trusted browser on the Web” was distributed to asking participants. Instructions for correctly copying the source as a form of mercurial repo was shared and it can also be downloaded from here.

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With active participation of students from the college and members of HCOE Developers’ Circle along with other members of Mozilla Nepal, the event was very much interesting. Participants eagerly put their queries related to open source & community and were sorted out during the session.

The future plans now include doing events such as: Bug reporting day, where we learn how to report bugs in bugzilla followed by bugfixing day, where we fix simple bugs.

The photos of the events can be viewed from here.

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569857909952146

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A Journey of Two Years, and Still Continuing.

Avasz

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Rewinding two years back Aug 26, 2012:
The first ever meeting for Mozilla was called out in Nepal. A new community was born on that day. A community devoted in Open Source & Open Web. A community whose sole purpose was to support, help and promote Mozilla and its missions in and from Nepal. The date “August 26” has been marked in calendar of Open Source & Tech Communities in Nepal as the Birthday of Mozilla Nepal Community.

To Present Aug 26, 2014:
A lot has happened in these two years. The community has grown a lot since then with many members dedicated towards the mission. Writing all that will need yet another couple of posts.

The planning of an event to mark the day started a couple of months back (mid-June). The first plan was to have a community meetup, but it didn’t work out well because the day was Tuesday, a working day, exams of lots of active members, less time for preparation etc. So, it was postponed for a later date. There were discussions on how to mark the day. Nothing productive and only celebration didn’t seem worth. So, a plan was drafted out to do an event where all the attendees would work together to achieve some goals.

Now the problem was to choose the area for the event. Focusing on a single area did not sound good as it would leave out other good contributors who work in other areas but not in the particular one. So, list of all the active areas in Nepal were made, and that list was again sorted out to find the most effective ones. Such areas were required which would make an effect not only during the event, but after event, inside Nepal and in the global Mozilla Community too. So, three areas were chosen based on their weightage/effectiveness.

1. Webmaker: Webmaker is one of the most focused project in Mozilla. Also, this was the season of Makerparties in the global Mozilla Community. So, webmaker should be an area of interest.

2. Localization: Nepalese contributors have been working on localization field since the start of the community, it’s progressing but not in the pace it needs to. So, including localization as an area would gather all the members who have been working on localization in a single place and all of them could work together to achieve some target and learn from one another.

3. App Development: One complain the Nepalese community members hear a lot is that the community hasn’t been working on development much, and the apps developed in Nepal are really few in numbers. It was not because there aren’t good developers in the community, but as always with the developers, they are mostly busy in their own works so they need to be called upon and given some environment to work on. So, App Development was chosen such that the community will at least have a number of apps to show to the people who ask for the development field.

Thus, preparation was done for these three fields. Goals were set for each areas such that the participants would know in what pace should they work on the day.
30 Webmaker makes, 1000 strings localized and at least 3 web apps were the goals set for the day.
Participants were selected and invited according to their contribution area, and almost all of the participants were the ones who had already been working on the respective fields so that they can work during the event without spending much time learning how to work and reach the assigned goals.

Finally, the day came. Almost all the invited attendees were present. Most of the people knew each other except for some, so no time was wasted with usual introduction of attendees, introduction of the community etc. stuff. The event started around 15-20 minutes late than planned time because of some technical problem. The attendees were already informed about the areas & goals set for the day via the invitation email, so they had come prepared. Everyone seemed excited. Without wasting time, everyone started to work on their areas.

The working hour started from 11:00am to 5:00pm. All the teams were working on their areas equally dedicated. The results of the event by the end of the day were, 8 applications developed, 1088 strings localized and ~10 makes. Seems, the event was productive after all as targeted goals were achieved except for webmaker, but it’s worth mentioning that there were only 3 members in the webmaker team (Expected to be around 10) and ~30 makes was really difficult for them to achieve looking at the final results of their makes. So, it’s a goal achieved too if seen proportionately. Also, github account for Mozilla Nepal was created on the day. Hence, a day well spent!

A celebration was required for such an event. To mark the day as well as to celebrate completion of a successful event. The day ended with a celebration dinner with all the attendees. Thanks to everyone who helped directly, indirectly, attended and made the event a successful one as planned. Let’s all make the upcoming years even more productive and awesome and carry on with wonderful events like this.

Snaps of the event: (flickr link to be added soon) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.518737868271645&type=1

Related blogs:

Surit Aryal: http://suritaryal.blogspot.com/2014/09/mozilla-nepal-iind-anniversary.html
Nootan Ghimire: http://cafecod.es/mozilla-nepal-second-anniversary/91
Manish Jung Thapa: http://mjt.com.np/moz-nepal-anniversary-day/
Bansaj Pradhan: http://www.bansaj.com.np/archives/moz-np-aniv2.html
Aman Routh: http://nimoz1.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/mozilla-nepal-2nd-anniversary/
Kuber Sodari: http://ksodari.blogspot.com/2014/08/mozilla-nepal-2nd-anniversary.html
HCOE Dev Circle (by Raju Dawadi): http://hcoedevcircle.blogspot.com/2014/08/happy-second-anniversary-mozilla-nepal.html
Nikesh Balami: http://www.neekes.com.np/mozilla-nepal-second-anniversary/
Prakash Neupane: http://prakashneupane.com.np/the-day-of-leaders-mozilla-nepal-anniversary/
Buddhi Raj Tuladhar: http://brtuladhar.blogspot.com/2014/09/brtula.html

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Namaste WoMoz – An event

Avasz

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March 30, Sunday.
The day we had been waiting for.
All the members from organizing team as well as the invited participants were looking forward for the day, not to mention the staffs from the venue (DECC).

The registration started from 8:30. Most of the participants arrived on time. After the registration and breakfast the event started with determined and curious face of the participants.
Shristi started the event with a warm welcome and brief outline of the event till lunch time.

For most of the participants it was their first Mozilla event, so it was necessary to give them an introduction to Mozilla and Mozilla Nepal. One of the oldest community member, Bansaj, stepped forward with his presentation and explained about Mozilla and its mission to the attendees. He also talked about the Mozilla community in Nepal and what it has been doing for past years.

Next was a short talk from Prakash Neupane, who has been working with different open communities in Nepal, mostly related to technology. He shared his experience about the status of females in ICT sector in Nepal. His talk was not only focused on IT sector, but all different areas in the country where male dominance can be seen clearly. His talk pointed out the bitter truth about how females are doing in Nepal. Later his talk started to focus on IT sector which had even less female participants than other sectors. He talked about different IT communities here where females aren’t seen often and how the communities feel about it.

After that Akriti continued with introduction to WoMoz. She informed the participants about how Mozilla has always tried to be a female friendly community. Surit’s presentation was on the different contribution areas where one could contribute to Mozilla. It was a pretty detailed one so we could see some of the participants getting confused because of too much details.

After these long talk sessions, the “Let Us Solve A Crossword” session was really refreshing and everyone was determined to complete the crossword. The crossword contained simple terms related to ICT, mostly Mozilla. Except for a couple, answer for each of the clues had already been covered in the previous talk sessions. So it was also a session to refresh the memory of the participants. Only a few were difficult, most of the participants had difficulty in solving those few. Well, without some difficulties it is not interesting, is it? The winners were given choice to choose among a few gifts that included a firefox flicks bag, firefox pen, couple of rare sticker, firefox badges. It was quite surprising to see that almost all of them chose the stickers.

Next, some of our current WoMozs shared their experience about their involvement with Mozilla. They started with their entry to Mozilla, various experience they have had, various new skills they learnt and many more. All the participants were interested in hearing their story. The community assured that all the new ones will also be treated in the same way. They will be supported in all the tasks they perform, help them in their difficulties and most of all they will be given a really friendly environment to work with.

After the lunc time, everyone sat for discussions. Grops were made according to the contribution area they were interested in and each group contained one or two people already working in that area. They informed the new members about what that area is. They started with how to get started and ended with different ideas and questions from the group members. It was a really fruitful session for the new participants as they got chance for almost one-to-one interaction to know more about the contribution area they were interested in. A demo on webmaker by Aman followed the session. All the participants were shown of three tools of webmaker, thinble, popcorn and x-ray goggles. Aman explained how these tools can help a beginner to learn about web by themselves or how someone already experienced can teach the new beginners to start making the web. It lasted for around 2 hours.

the “Treasure Hunt” session which followed the group discussion was another really interesting and fun session. Manish (MJT) with some other people had worked on creating a webapp which was hosted locally in one of the machines. All participants were asked to navigate to that machine in their browser where they were asked different questions in quite cryptic/riddle way. They had to solve the clues and enter the answers in the input box. To add more fun, MJT also had made a page where progress of all the participants with the treasure hunting was shown. As in the crosswords, the clues here were also related to Mozilla so that the participants could get many ideas of Mozilla with enjoyment instead of listening to presentations.

Finally, the event came to an end. We sat down for a tea/coffee session and discussed about how the event went, if the expectations of the participants was fulfilled and so on.

Overall, the event went really well. We were able to see some activities from the participants after the event in fields like localization, artwork, blogging etc.
Let us hope we could get more female contributors in Mozilla from Nepal in future.

Let’s make ICT a friendly place for women.

Some other blogs related to event:
Bhumika’s Side of the Story

The Launch: Womoz” by Shristi

Subina’s experience in the event

Opening up” by Binita

Jasmin showing her happiness after winning the “Cute Stickers” for the crossword here.

The pre-event preparation here.

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