Friday, March 28, 2014

Webmaker Session @ JITS

Hello Everyone!!

I am here to share the experience regarding the Webmaker event in my college. An enthusiastic Mozillian , Sai Sharan who have been contributing to Mozilla from the past few months as an FSA was very much excited to speak regarding the Webmaker tools with his fellow students.

On 20th of March, Jayamukhi Firefox Club, had organized an event in JITS. we had a kick-off start with Sai Sharan who is very enthusiastic in sharing his experiences as an FSA.

He Started with the FSA program and then with the Webmaker Project explaining about the thimble, popcorn and hackasaurus tools. Later, it was my turn to make the session interactive.

I just asked them to share,what they learnt from the previous session, a girl stood and spoke about the tools, and said its really very awesome to create webpages. The students who attended were from 2nd year and they were listening to HTML and CSS for the first time and they felt like "Ooh is it so easy to create webpages?? " I said yes!!!

Then, i started with some normal questions, so what you want to do for mozilla ?? how  u want to contribute to mozilla?? they were all silent, thats what they were lacking "Awareness"

So, i just started with the basic thing,,,What Mozilla is ?? What is Open Source?? How we can start contributing to open source?? What are the benefits if they work for open source commmunities??So,all these questions, i  put them on Board and started explaining one by one.

Later, i started speaking about various projects in mozilla like the Localization,Add-on Development, Web Development, Webmaker and many more. Here comes, the webmaker again. So, i asked again so now u know what the projects are and how u can be a part of them. 

Now, i can see the enthusiasm in their faces,i could see the girls count more and so i decided to speak about the womoz project to them, So,i started with the Womoz Session, by encouraging them to come out of the fear,myths and all that they cant do this or that. After speaking about Womoz, i told them to come on the dais and speak about something or just share your experiences,again i can see no one is coming forward to speak. Then, i said, this is what the thing that stops you coming forward. Suddenly, they realized and started coming to dais and started speaking about their experience of the session.

                                         First girl to come forward and speak

              Now, we can see one by one coming on to the dais and sharing their experience.

I was really very happy if girls were encouraged, then can do anything!! They were happy to be a part of this session and they want to learn more in the future.

Then, i gave the urls for getting updated with the social networking sites, told them to add them in Official Facebook Group Mozilla India and Mozilla Club Warangal and also told them to follow on Google+ and Twitter. 

Next, we are planning for an hands-on session, so that they can create,remix and hack the webpages and also create videos using the popcorn maker. 

Apart from that Jayamukhi Firefox Club is planning for 
1) Localization Day - Which we will be focussing on Localization Project
2) SUMO Day- We will be focussing on SUMO Projects 
3) Firefox OS App Day- for making aware of firefox os apps and make them develop apps.

Finally, after the discussion, we concluded with a group snap. 

Finally i was very happy for seeing the interest in the students, hope we will get more contributors in different projects.

Photos can be found here

Ajay Kumar Jogawath
FSA and Club Lead @ Jayamukhi Firefox Club

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