My journey as a Mozillian

I am a Mozillian

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My intro to Mozilla began more than a year ago, I was inspired by tons of volunteers working to protect the Internet. I started getting in touch with people associated with Mozilla. I registered as a Mozillian and also found out that there were already a lot of students registered as FSAs but were inactive due to lack of guidance. Since, then I made it my aim to start a Mozilla community in Uttar Pradesh. I started with a MozCoffee on 25th May, 2015 where I invited all the FSAs and Club Leads of various universities and also people who were interested in joining the Mozilla community. I started the MozCoffee by talking about Mozilla’s mission and goals. Then we discussed the road map for Mozilla Uttar Pradesh for the next three months. This is how the community was started. I followed the method “Teach as you Lead.”

I am a Community Lead

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Being the founder of the Mozilla UP, I know the community well. I have experienced all the aspects of community building in a region like Uttar Pradesh. Recruiting people and making them sustainable contributors for Mozilla, building and maintaining the relationship between core contributors, make them feel valuable, empower them by educating and providing the needed resources all are crucial in an open community. Very recently I joined the Reps program, where I have more tools and resources to lead my community and make it one of the top Mozilla communities in India.

I am an Advocate for the open Web

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Mozilla is already doing good work that improves public understanding of the Web and promote web literacy. But in my region most of the people don’t know how to read, write and participate on the Web. For them accessing the Internet is expensive. But I want to change that. I want to create an impact where everyone knows how to read, write and participate on the Web. I want to make my local people empowered and connected by using the power of the open Web. This is ultimately what we are aiming at Mozilla UP.
I am a Campaigner

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I had run campaigns like FoxYeah, Firefox Download drive etc. Being a peer of the Policy and Advocacy Task Force, I was involved in the Privacy Month Campaign, which was a big success and helped me to achieve my goal as an open Web advocate. The Privacy Month Campaign is a community led initiative to celebrate International Data Privacy Day which ran throughout the January. And in that campaign, the official Twitter handle of Mozilla UP played a crucial role and became the top second community channel based on the Impact report shared by the Social Media Team of Mozilla India.

I am a Women Empowerer

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On 11th of October 2015, we the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh celebrated International Day of the Girl, a day when the world comes together to address the challenges that girls and young women face every day. So we decided to make this day count and went to a shelter home where we got a chance to meet a few adolescent girls. We spent our time to educate them, motivate them, empower them and help them in developing the right set of skills they need.

My plans for 2016 and beyond

I did nothing when comparing the things that I have to do. Even the TRAI recently banned the Free Basics in India, as an Advocate for the open Web, I need to keep fighting for protecting the Web. I need to bring more Women participation into the Mozilla and other open source projects. I need to empower my Uttar Pradesh community and would love to see it as one of the top Mozilla communities in India. I wanted to provide more opportunities to my local people to experience the power of the Web and make them the creators of the Web. Yes, I have a lot of dreams.

 

Digital Marketing and Privacy Campaign

In support of #Privacy Campaign

Amity University, Noida

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Amity Firefox Club held its second event on the 9th of February, 2016. The even included the first year student batch of 2019. The event was solely organised by the 2nd year members of Amity Firefox Club. The event was called “Digital Marketing and Privacy Campaign” and was attended by a whopping group of enthusiasts. There were registrations online.The agenda of the event was Privacy Benefits provided by Firefox and digital marketing techniques.

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Manmohan Singla, the President briefed the new students about Amity Firefox Club, the benefits of joining Firefox Club, FSA and other activities of the club. There was a presentation and guest lecture given by Mr. Pankaj Prasad, CEO of Glocious Infotech. The presentation was enjoyed by all and then Mr. Prasad had an interactive session with the participants and discussing the benefits of digital marketing.

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The students shared their experiences with Firefox and the problems they’re facing with it. Later a presentation was given by 2nd year students on privacy campaign discussing the benefits of firefox in securing privacy and a Q/A session was held.The event was a huge success with the most important part being the senior-junior interaction.

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The event was a perfect platform for the freshers to meet the seniors in a carefree environment, without the supervision of any faculty member. This served as an opportunity for them to share their experiences, doubts, questions regarding life in Amity till date.The event was also a significant achievement for the second year students who organised it from scratch.

Registrations for the Event :- 180

Actual attendees :- 150

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From Mozillian to Mozilla Representative

My Journey 

Six months ago, I started my journey with Mozilla as a Mozillian. I became a Mozillian because I wanted to promote open source culture in my region, Uttar Pradesh. I was attracted to Mozilla because it was one of the best open source community to start with and its mission is what appealed to me the most. I started getting in touch with people associated with Mozilla; for example, FSA’s at various universities. I learnt that there were already a lot of students registered as FSA’s but they were inactive because they lacked a sense of direction. Then on I made it my personal goal to start a Mozilla community in Uttar Pradesh. Since then “building a healthy community” became my only mission.I started with a MozCoffee on 25th May, 2015 where I invited all the FSA’s and club leads of various universities and also people who were interested in joining the Mozilla community. I followed the method “Teach as you Lead.” This is how the community was started.

And now I am very much thrilled to share the amazing news with the entire world, especially with my wonderful community Mozilla Uttar Pradesh. I have joined the Mozilla Reps program. It’s a program to empower and to help push responsibility to the edges in order to help the Mozilla contributor base grow.

And as Reps I have a few goals to achieve in order to spread the awesomeness of Mozilla. In the next 6 months I would like to see myself as a successful Leader and see my community as the top most community. My primary objective is to grow the community and have a lasting impact on the community. While working to improve our communities, leadership is the most important trait. It is the engine that pulls the train. These goals are set by me based on my personal ability and needs of our Mozilla UP community. I will be working with our Mozilla community to achieve them in the coming months.

Building a healthy and committed community

A healthy community provides many different ways in which its members can interact with each other to exchange information about needs and resources, become engaged in the planning and decision-making processes that affect them, and work together to achieve common goals.

Empower the Mozilla UP Community

Being the Community Liason and leader of the Mozilla Uttar Pradesh, I know the community well. I have experienced most of the aspects of community building in a region like Uttar Pradesh.

Recruiting people and making them regular contributors for Mozilla, building and maintaining the relationship between core contributors, making them feel valuable, empowering them by educating and providing the needed resources; all are crucial in an open community.

Web Literacy and Advocacy 

Mozilla is already doing good work that improves public understanding of the Web and promote web literacy. But in our region most of the people don’t know how to read, write and participate on the Web. For them accessing the Internet is expensive. But I want to change that. I want to see myself transform this region by making it a place where everyone knows how to read, write and use the internet. I want to make my local people empowered and connected by using the power of the open Web. This is ultimately what we are aiming at the Mozilla UP. Mozilla Uttar Pradesh Webmaker club will be in action and would be working towards in achieving the set goals.

Contributing to other functional teams 

I admire two teams of Mozilla India based on the impact that they have been creating and values that bring to the community those are Policy and Advocacy team and Social Media team. These two teams are the role models of their respective functional scope, for the global Mozilla community. Being a non-coder volunteer, I believe I can learn and participate these two teams. I am sure it will help me as an individual and as a community leader.

 I am taking this opportunity to thank Diwanshi Pandey, my Reps Mentor for accepting me into the program and helping the Mozilla Uttar Pradesh community grow. 

Special thanks all the Mozilla Uttar Pradesh community members for all the support and love. 

Shahid Sir for helping me start the community.

Last but not the least the two most important people who showed faith in me  and encouraged me to apply for the Mozilla Reps program Vineel sir and Galaxy sir. Sincere thanks to both of them.

 

 

 

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11th Oct 2015: International Day Of the Girl Child

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International Day of the Girl Child (#DayoftheGirl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year’s theme was “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030. It’s in our hands to empower adolescent girls with the knowledge, skills and options they need to reach their potential.

On 11th of October 2015, we the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh celebrated International Day of the Girl, a day when the world comes together to address the challenges that girls and young women face everyday. So we decided to make this day count. This was not a planned event, it was like a day before I just got an idea to do something on this day. I immedaitely picked up my cell and dropped a msg to the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh. Since, this was a last minute plan so I expected the least number of participation but 4/7 WoMozUP agreed to join me for the cause. I immediately assigned the task to be done. Sneh, one of the active WoMoz of our community took the task to speak to an Ngo/orphanage/shelter home of adolescent girls and made sure that it is done. Jyotsna started designing the cover pic for the #dayofthegirl. Everyone was excited and was fully involved in doing their respective tasks. I started working on the agenda and the planning of what to do the next day. While working on the agenda suddenly somthing flashed across my mind and it was the thought by Nelson Mandella, “It is through Education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor.”

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The best way to empower a girl is through education! “Education is Lifesaving.” If you want to change the world, invest in an adolescent girl. An adolescent girl stands at the doorway of adulthood. If she stays in school, remains healthy, and gains real skills, she will marry later, have healthier children and earn an income she will invest back into her family.

Some facts:

• Girls are 6x times less likely to get married as children if they have access to secondary schooling.
• In India, only 1 in 100 girls reaches class 12
• If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion

We decided to educate them, motivate them, empower them and help them in developing the right set of skills they need. We were all set for the day. This was another #WoMozUP initiative to celebrate the International day of the girl child. We reached the shelter home by 4 and started to interact with the girls since they were feeling timid. We made the girls comfortable by talking to them in person and then later asked them to sit in a semi-circle. I started the session by asking them what is so special about the event? As expected the answer was, “Sunday”. The girls didn’t know what was so special about the day. I started the session by telling them what is so special about the day, why are we here and what we want from the girls to do after we leave. After a short intro about the day, I began to talk about the Women leaders who are changing the world and helping shape the future of girls. I could see the the exhilaration in the eyes of the adoloscent girls as I was sharing the motivational stories. They all were content to listen to the stories of the young women leaders and we could see that they aspire to be like them. Now it was time for the girls to tell about themselves and what they wish to become. They started opening up by telling us their name and shared their abmbition with us. I was amazed to listen that more than 50% of the girls want to be Doctor and Engineer. Knowing their ambition and desire I shared the importance of education is our life and how it is lifesaving. I told them how power of education helps us in fighting with every difficulty and challenges.

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Subsequent to the knowledge, I asked them to draw something based on this year’s theme, “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” Sejal, helped the girls in the drawing activity and also was very active in the entire session. Jyotsna was the photographer for the day. The incredible pics which we see is clicked by Jyotsna. Sneh very well managed the logistics and made it possible for us to do this session.

Special thanks to the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh for showin up at the last minute and made this event successful. It would have been impossible without the help of the awesome Women of Mozilla Uttar Pradesh.

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Flickr Link: https://flic.kr/s/aHskivVuXS

WoMoz Event in Uttar Pradesh

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After the successful WoMoz meetup at Hyderabad in the month of September 2015, it was time for me to implement the learning from the meetup. I called all the women FSA’s and shared the plan for the very first WoMoz event in Uttar Pradesh. After all the brain storming we decided to help the underprevilidged girls. Sneh, who is also an active Madster arranged a space at one of the MAD shelter home. This was the first ever WoMoz event in Uttar Pradesh in association with MAD (Make A Difference) organization. The event took place on 4th of October 2015 at Leelavati Munshi Balgrah in Charbagh, Lucknow. The agenda of the event was to teach the underprevilidged kids about the basics of computer. This was a web literacy event where we gave hands on session on how to use a computer.

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I started the session with a small Ice Breaker session wherein I asked the young girls to tell their names and what do they want to become. The ice-breaker helped the girls to be free with us and they were comfortable in sharing their dreams with us. It was really great to know what they aspire to become. Then we began to tell the kids about what is a computer and parts of computer. After explaining them I asked someone from the group to come and present whatever was taught to them in the session.

To my surprise the girl presented so well that we all were amazed. Thereafter, we divided all the 25 girls in groups of 5, and assigned one mentor in each group. The mentors were responsible to provide hands on session for MS Word, PowerPoint, and Paint. They were even made aware of the difference between Computer and Laptop. The Session took time because they were actually indulged in drawing on Paint. Meanwhile, we distributed swags to the kids.

After learning, it was time for some fun so we asked everyone to gather for the logo designing activity. The girls made logo of FSA, WoMoz, Firefox OS, Webmaker and Firefox Browser. Indeed, it was a mass participation and the output was incredible. IMG_20151004_225347_420

Two FSA’s Ankita and Jyotsna also participated in the logo designing along with them to keep them motivated. The girls were so happy and engaged with us that they requested us to visit again. It was indeed a heart touching moment for all of us.

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MozUP Community Orientation Session

In support to Mozilla Geolocation Pilot v3.0 

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MozUP Community Orientation Session was initiated to welcome the new FSA’s and contributors to the community. The main agenda of the session was to provide information and education to student about FOSS and Mozilla and help student to know more about the work of Mozilla and Mozilla Uttar Pradesh. We had another agenda point which was equally important is to have a GeoLocation Sprint, talk about the Mozilla Location Service, In support to Mozilla India’s event Stumbling in a Box INDIA contributing to Mozilla and open projects and introduction to stumbling tools that bring knowledge to participants on how to gather Geolocation information in their city.

It was 19th of September when we had the orientation session for the newbies. We started the Session with the activity ‘Memorize the Intro’ so as to get familiar with each other. This activity helped the newbies to get familiar with everyone. Noorul Ansari, a student of Amity University successfully completed this activity and was given the Mozilla Firefox Badge as an appreciation. Before I started the session I asked all the newbies to tell “What do they expect from the session?” After listening to their answers I was highly excited to enrich them with the knowledge they want from the session. Since, only me talking was not a great idea so I made this session more of a group discussion. I initiated the discussion and told them about FOSS, Mozilla and its mission.

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Ashish started to talk about the contribution areas. He shared his experience with SUMO and AOA. Rajat shared his experience in Localisation and how much he is loves to localize in his own language whenever he gets time. After knowing the contribution areas the FSA’s were quite excited to contribute. Jyotsna spoke about Firefox OS and its App Development. She shared her experience her journey as a FSA and how her contribution helped her to bag a seat to Community Education – Women In Technology which happened this year in Hyderabad. We discussed about FSA Program in detail and asked the newbies who were not registered to get registered as an FSA. And yes how can we forget about WoMoz when we had new women contributors.

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The session was very interactive and we all were excited to see the participation level of the newbies. I gave a brief introduction about Mozilla Location Service (MLS) and its tools available for different platforms to gather location information. Newbies  were told about the project and how can they contribute to this project. I gave a demo on how to use the stumbler and how it works. I asked all the newbies to start the contribution from today itself. In fact from the very same time by Stumbling across the city.

The newbies requested some features:

1.) Mozilla Stumbler for Windows phone

2.) Mozilla Stumbler for iOS phone

After enriching them with the knowledge. Now it was time for me to ask their feedback. All the newbies shared their experience and they all were very positive about the session and they all were looking forward to contribute.

Welcome all the NEW Contributors!

Ankita Tiwari
Arshaan
Naveen Kumar Umrao
Noorul Ansari
Priya Verma
Raj Abhishek
Sejal Seth
Shubhi Srivastava
Sneh Jain
Yash Mehra

Event Link:

https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-up-community-orientation/

Related Blog Post: 

http://technogurl-gadgetinsane.blogspot.in/

https://ashishmozillian.wordpress.com/

https://rajat11blog.wordpress.com/

http://sneh-jain.blogspot.in/

https://noorulansari.wordpress.com/

https://womozankita.wordpress.com/

https://yash24blog.wordpress.com/

http://rajfodu.blogspot.in/

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In support to Mozilla Geolocation Pilot v3.0

Mozilla Stumbler: Introduction Session at the City of Nawabs (Lucknow, UP)

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After the grand success of the first  and second experimental Pilot, the Mozilla Geolocation team ran another pilot in India Mozilla Geolocation Pilot v3.0. The event kicked off at 8:00PM IST on 1st  Sept, 2015. The event will run for 21days [3 week] and will end on 22st Sept, 2015 at 8:00PM IST. There were curators who were assigned to every region. I was the curator of my region. I felt responsible the moment I was assigned as a curator for my region and the only thought I had in my mind was to spread awareness to every corner of my region.

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First I started with my own community(Mozilla Uttar Pradesh). I called for a community meetup with the FSA’s. The meetup was held on 11th September @ Fun Mall in Lucknow. This meetup was totally dedicated to the Mozilla Geolocation Pilot v3.0. The main agenda of this event was to bring maximum participation to the Mozilla Geolocation project. There was a brief introduction about Mozilla Location Service (MLS) and its tools available for different platforms to gather location information. FSA’s were told about the project and how can they contribute to this project. I gave a demo on how to use the stumbler and how it works. I also shared the two Links about MLS and how to use stumbler for their future reference.

1) What is MLS?. A. Mozilla Location Service (MLS) is an open service which lets devices determine their location based on network infrastructure like WiFi access points and cell towers. https://location.services.mozilla.com/

2) How to use MozStumbler?. A. Please Visit this guide to setup the MozStumbler application. Guide – http://bit.ly/mozstumbler

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All the FSA’s were quite excited to contribute to this project. Soon, after knowing about Mozilla Location services they started downloading Mozilla Stumbler and started to explore the app the way it was told. After the introduction session and the demo session I told them to Register themselves as a Geolocation scout.

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Once the registration was completed. There were few doubts which were addressed in the session and the queries were resolved.To further appreciate the top contributors, i told them about the surprise gifts.

  • Topper
  • Runner-up
  • 2 runner-ups
  • Most New cells
  • Most New Wifi Networks

Now it was time for them to start stumbling.This was a wonderful opportunity for all of us to bring maximum contribution as a community. We had 10 registrations on the day. We left with a promise to contribute as much as possible and to take our community to the next level.

Thank you to all the scouts!!!