Mozmentoring: let’s train them!

The progress, growth and fame of a community comes from the training and a huge hard work that we do in order to train our volunteers. After the success of Durgapur-mozconnect, i Biraj, and Umesh decided to draft a plan through which we can train mozilla newbies as well as track to their whole process and process of contribution through monthly meeting. For doing the same, our first community monthly meetup named “mozmentoring” was organized on 17th April, 2013 at CSE/IT seminar hall at Dr.B.C.Roy Engineering College, Durgapur from 01:00 p:m to 04:00 p:m.

Before coming to the actual meeting, last night we all old and existing mozilla contributors meet on irc at about 01:00 a;m on #india channel of server done a meeting. The final conclusion came out as a plan and that we have executed them,are as follows. Firstly, we told the newbies, what are the areas of contribution that mozilla provides by explaining software development life cycle, later on we move to FOSS. After that we enquired about their interest and the whole crowd into three groups. First group is mozilla design team who task to form two strong team for firefoxos video contest 2013 that is laid by umesh agarwal followed by santanu and avinash.

The second group is Mozilla codebase who task is to teach the half of them web maker and rest of them how to get their first solved by telling them how old volunteer get their first bug and is get solved by mozilla mentors. We told that they can contribute to different parts of mozilla codebase depending on their programming language interest. This was laid by Souradeep de, Aproorv Ashutosh, Zubin and Subho. The next and last group is sumo and localization laid by Amit Kumar Thakur and Biraj Karmakar. They taught through translation and sumo hindi/bengali localization. At the end of the whole thing, i have taught them how to use IRC and show them practically how to communicate on irc. Thanks to Gaurav and sayan for teaching them about JavaScript during meeting.

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In night we have called newbies on irc. There i, umesh, biraj and amit taught live how to do translation by sorting and solving their problem. Today, 0n 18th April, 2013 i am going to give a practical training on how to do localization through effective use of style guide and fuel terminologies through online and offline editors.

Umesh agarwal created a video on FirefoxFlicks to teach and give a preview on how to make videos for firefoxos video contest 2013.

Lastly each group have given tasks to each newbies, they have fixed a deadline of 10 days to submit the task to the community. The closure report of the task is on the etherpad. The best contributor will get some special prizes from mozilla. Finally, we have ended the whole session by announcing about the mozilla student ambassador program and distributing mozilla swag among all. The next meetup will be held on in between 15th august to 30th august, 2013 for durgapur community.

Thanks to everybody for making the whole event successful by executing each and eevrything in a proper way.

Event page:-

Closure report:-

Durgapur-Mozconnect:- A review path for Mozilla Durgapur

Every plan after execution needs review at its end point. The awareness towards Mozilla and Open web was started in Durgapur from Mozcafe@ bcrec from 13th February, 2013. That event was successful. But to measure the success and growth in contribution towards Mozilla and its products from  mozcafe@bcrec, we have hosted a small meet-up named “Durgapur_mozconnect” near Bidhannagar, Durgapur (West Bengal) on 13th April, 2013 from 01:00 p:m to 04:00 p:m.

15 participants including previous contributors (Chandan kumar, Biraj karmakar, Gaurav Kumar, Umesh Agarwal), new contributors (Amit Kumar Thakur, Neeraj Goswami, Mrityunjay Kumar Singh, Souradeep De, Apoorv ashutosh, Shubendu Ghosh) and upcoming Contributors (Avinash Kumar, Shantanu Ghosh, Zubin Tiwari, Abhishek Kumar, Sourav Kumar) from Dr.B.C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur attended under supervision of Mozilla Reps Shahid Farooqi and One guy from Asansol.

The meet-up started with the introduction of all volunteers specifying their interest and contribution. I basically found many of them are interested or contributing in Mozilla localization, Sumo and Web development. But all of them are interested in FirefoxOS and apps development. We are hoping from the community to get a FirefoxOS Apps day soon in Durgapur. After that i have presented a paper on “How to imply Screen-shot Comparison technique in Mozilla Firefox Localization Quality Analysis.” with the help of the source taken from Fuel Project. The material will be available soon in all mailing list. After listening and sorting out the problems in contribution to localization and sumo, we have formed a team for FirefoxOS video Contest.

This is not the last but with ending we have fixed a Durgapur community Monthly meetup every month (if possible) in our college on 18th April, 2013 from 01:00 p:m to 02:00 p:m to track the progress of contribution in the community.

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Thanks to Shahid, Biraj, Umesh, Shubhendu, Apoorv and Souradeep for making the same successful.

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mozilla 15th Birthday celebrated at Durgapur

Today is the march 31st, 2013 i.e. Sunday and mozilla has become a 15th year ever fresh organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web. To celebrate this auspicious day, i , Biraj Karmakar, Umesh Agarwal, Amit Kumar Thakur, Gaurav Kumar, Mrityunjay Kumar Singh, Subhendu Ghosh, Sayantan Datta, Jeet Biswas and others gathered at 01:00 P:M near Bidhan nagar, Durgapur and cut the cake to celebrate mozilla 15th Birthday. After that we all have introduced among themselves, told them how mozilla came into existence and helping us to make the web open for all. Umesh told them how to contribute to Mozilla design. Finally we have decided to host a one day mozilla event in NIT,  Durgapur on 7th April, 2013. Thanks to Biraj and others for making this day wonderful.

Firefox-Hindi-Localization-Sprint:- A live contribution

Everybody wants to be a contributor of a big emerging Mozilla community. But by using an application like “Mozilla Firefox”, he is already a contributor. But as time changes, ideas comes up, people wants to do more. So, persons wants to add something in the application. So that if anybody is using that application, he goes there and say “following things are added by me.” and by saying that he makes himself and community proud.

By thinking upon this, I shahid Ali Farooqui and Rajesh Ranjan came up with an idea to organize an virtual event named “Localization Sprint” where people can directly come, participate, learn and contribute to an application with a common goal in a team.

For that we have targeted “Firefoxos” and organized “Firfox-os-Hindi-Localization-Sprint” on 24th February, 2013. The event was successful by making a submission of 4000 words and we have got new contributors to Mozilla Hindi Localization team.

From the success of first sprint, Vineel has gave me an idea to provide prizes to the contributor who has translated maximum number of strings. This will encourage contributors to do their best.

And after that I and Rajesh Ranjan organized another “localization sprint” targeting for “Mozilla Firefox” named “Firefox-Hindi-Localization-Sprint” on 03rd March, 2013 by using #india channel on server and #indlinux channel on server by using Mozilla pootle server. The event was more successful than previous one by mading a submission of more than 8000 words (Firefox-2900 +webparts -5500) by 11 participants.

The 11 participants who had made this sprint successful are:- Amit Kumar Thakur, Keshav Kumar, Sayan Chowdhury, Chandan Kumar, Gaurav Kumar, Rajesh Ranjan, Saurav Agarwal, Komal Gandhi, Abhishek Potnis, Suraj Kawade and Neeraj Kumar.

The maximum submission are made by Amit kumar Thakur and followed by Keshav Kumar.

Their Contribution and statistics are given on etherpad:

The event page for the sprint is:

I would like to a special thanks to Mozilla community for creating the pootle interface for Mozilla software localization. Without it this type of sprint is not possible earlier.

I would like to thanks all the community members for making this event successful.

Mozcafe@bcrec, Durgapur :- A great Success

As the sun blooms in the sky, birds are flying happily in the sky thinking that how high will we go. Dr.B.C.Roy Engineering College, Durgapur in association with Horizon2k13, 11th annual tech-fest of our college has proceeds forward to organize a complete mozilla workshop and activity day named “Mozcafe@bcrec“on 13th Feb, 2013. This was the first student initiated mozilla event in Durgapur.

As we have announced the dates of mozilla event, Students of different college started enquiring about the event. Since the event was on the working day. So, About 55 students have successfully attended our session from starting to end.

The registration of the event was started from 10:00 A:M onward. We have fortunately much more students from our college and 5 students from Nit Durgapur.  The whole event was divided into two parts:- one as theoretical session based on talks and other as hands on practice session based on talks delivered. The workshop was started from 11:00 A:M.

The talks presented are as follows:-

  1. Mozilla:- A gateway to open sourceChandan Kumar
  2. Mozilla designs:- Umesh Agarwal
  3. Localization:- Biraj Karmakar

Then there was a break of 30 minutes,  Thanks to college Management for providing the Tea.

The hands on session presented are as follows:-

  1. How to work with web maker:- Sayan Chowdhury, Apoorv Ashutosh, Piyush Kumar Chauhan
  2. localization:- Biraj karmakar, Chandan Kumar
  3. Mozilla Design:- Umesh Agarwal, Gaurav Kumar

During Webmaker session, The students asked a lots of question related to mozilla and other open source as well as research project from our Mozilla Remo Shahid Ali Farooqi. After getting answers students were highly delighted. They also asked for another mozilla events in Durgapur. And, finally the whole event ended with a group photography session with participants.

Outcomes of the Mozcafe@bcrec:-

  1. A Hindi Translation Sprint will be organized on 24th Feb, 2013 to encourage newbie for doing contribution to localization.
  2. Monthly meeting will be organized in the last saturday of each Month.
  3. We are planning to come up with one big mozilla festival in NIT Durgapur.
  4. This Mozcafe@bcrec event will be organized every year in the month of february.
  5. We are getting good response and hoping that Durgapur Mozilla group will contribute a lot to open source.

We are highly thankful to Mozilla community for providing us the swag for the event and a special thanks to Shahid ali farooqi who had visiting our college apart from his busy schedule.

Due to late Swag delivery by UPS Courier services, we will providing the swag to the participant day after tomorrow.

Finally we would like to thank Saikat Maity sir. Dinesh Pradhan sir,  Gaurav Kumar and Tech fest Community for making this event successful. The event photos are available on flickr.