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MakerParty @UT

After coming from Mozfest, I was jet lagged for days and was catching up with university and everything else. The event I did after catching up with everything else was, Makerparty at one of the schools of Dhaka : Universal Tutorial.

I conducted the event with other 2 awesome Mozillians, Faria and Trisa. Me and Trisa reached the school early in the morning to set things up. The teachers were very friendly and took us for an intro session with the kids who was interested to join our sessions. I went to class 7-10 and introduced myself and gave a small brief about what we are planning to do for that day. Students seemed very excited.

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The computer lab being small, we decided to divide students into 2 groups/sessions. We conducted each session for 1.5-2 hours. Every session consisted of 20-25 students. Their computer and science teachers also joined us to co-operate with them.

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Our first session started of with an intro session. I gave a small brief of what we are going to do, who are we? what are we doing there? what is Mozilla webmaker and how it can help learning web making from any age.

Then we divided students to groups of 4-5 people each. When some students were busy making makes, others were following them. I gave chance to everyone to learn from others while collaborating. Students who felt shy were given in groups so that they can learn properly.

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First I talked about the tools of webmaking, especially thimble and x-ray goggles. I asked them if they want to start from the scratch or want to use the templates, they started working on basic templates. After that I showed x-ray goggles. The internet was slow and I could show them in groups. They seemed very much interested and said they will try at their home and make things. They said they will show me next time when I am visiting their school in January.

When I handed them some goodies, they seemed very happy and asked if they can put it on their car! ๐Ÿ˜›

Followed by the first batch, the second one got in.Me, Faria and trisa took the in-charge of the sessions and Faria helped me very much because she was also another teacher from the school. The teachers helped us very much to do the event in time. they also asked various questions related to mozilla and webmaking. I told them to use this tools when they teach their students HTML, CSS etc . they really liked the tools and said they will use for sure. Students who knew HTML, CSS before a little bit could make some good makes. They really liked thimble and many of them were sitting with pc for more than 20 minutes, not giving others chances ๐Ÿ˜›

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The principal is very much interested to do more events in future with us and I also liked how they are teaching their students ICT in digital classrooms because most of the schools of Bangladesh lacks of digital classroom equipment.

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Makes they made:

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(They made more 2-3 makes but forgot to save them ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .. I saw one amazing comic strip but a student closed the browser and it was gone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

Eventย Hashtag: #kidzilladhk #MPUT

On Reps portal:ย https://reps.mozilla.org/e/webmaker-ut/

 


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FxOS app Dev @WUB CSE Fest

On 12th December we organized a Firefox OS app training day at World University of Bangladesh . We did this workshop durin CSE festival 2014.The 1st WUB CSE Festival took place in April, 2012.This year it was the 3rd WUB CSE Festival.The main goal of the fest is to create a bridge between education sector and the ICT industry. This year the CSE fest was of total 3 days(11,12,13th Of December) where Frefox OS app workshop took place on the second day at WUB’s Main campus.

The workshop started after lunch and students increased by time. We planned for 20 students but we got some more as well as CSE faculties!

The opening speech was given byย Towhidul Haque Roni . He explained how and why Fx OS is different from other platforms. He introduced the students of the basics on how to build and app and what are the pre-easy steps.

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Then followed by him ย Aniruddha Adhikaryย  showed and explained students how to build a simple app and install it on simulator. He showed all the steps and students followed him. Most of the students had knowledge about HTML,CSS and JS. So they could easily follow what he was explaining.

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After students were done with the first simple app, Roni bro introduced them with Design Sprint which has 5 steps:

Understand
Dig into the design problem through research, competitive review, and strategy exercises.

Diverge
Rapidly develop as many solutions as possible.

Decide
Choose the best ideas and hammer out a user story.

Prototype
Build something quick and that can be shown to users.

Validate
Show the prototype to real humans (in other words, people outside your company) and learn what works and what doesnโ€™t work.

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Students worked on the first 4 steps. They were divided into 5 groups consisting of 4-5 members. They developed app ideas and presented them. Best two app ideas were given away special swags.

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Best two app ideas were:

CSE Students App

  • This app can be used for all students
  • From the contact database students will be notified about upcoming events and exams
  • GPRS tracking

Ticket reservation System

  • Bus/Air reservation
  • pre/post payment system
  • registration system
  • Database of the travelers travel history
  • Costs

    Rest were: Anti-theft alert app, Student’s daily schedule app,Route easy app.
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    One of the faculties came up and described one app he made before for another platform(Students record app). He also told he will make one for firefox OS!
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After giving away prizes, I explained them about FSA program. They don’t have any firefox Club. I talked to them about this and also inspired them to open a new club. I collected their e-mail ids and mailed them necessary links later. I also talked to the CSE lecturer about FSA and Firefox club.They are so much interested to join FSA program.

Later we started Mozquiz.

Special thanks to Rashik Ishrak who came up with his laptop as back up and also did voluntary throughout the workshop.

The event ended after 6.30pm.

More pics on FLICKR

On reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/firefox-os-app-development-workshop/

Event hashtag: #FXOSWUB

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Make – A – Thon !!

So basically participating in Make-A-Thon as a Mozilla reps with other reps and mozillians was FUN!

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If you are thinking what Make-A-Thon is this link is just for you!

Let me again write it for you in case if you don’t wanna switch tabs.ย Make-A-Thon is the First-Ever Hardware Hackathon in Bangladesh which is a part of the International MAKE-A-THON series.

Here people got 48 hours to make projects and the event took place from the 18th of November to the 20th during the Global Entrepreneurship week 2014 happening in Dhaka leading to joining an international MakerFest in January 2015.

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Tech enthusiasts, developers, makers, designers, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors – all came together and built things with whatever they had around themselves. They came up with affordable, easy to use and relevant solutions for the daily problems around us such as traffic, energy, water, health or education!

What they want to do?
They want to give developers, designers and makers a chance to work on the next generation of technology and create new things and prototypes that can solve the most pressing problems of our time.
They involved the leading technology companies who are providing them with their hardware tool kits such as chips, gadgets and gears which could then be used by the makers, designers and developers to craft new technologies.

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What we did?

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Aniruddha hacked Firefox OS and turned devices to piano keys with sensor motion. He used proximity sensor to make the piano with devices. Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti musical scales were integrated with devices. If you put your hand or any other object it plays individual sound and the screen changes it color(he used red color) . We demonstrated it to the organizers and people out there. I myself liked the whole system because it was fun but as all of them were developer preview phone it sounded less than normal. It was fun indeed!

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We also did networking with some of the organizers, shared our story with them like what mozillians do, how we got involved with Mozilla and Mozilla Bangladesh community, our activities all over the world. We focused onย Firefox OS, webmaker, maker parties, fsaย  program also. They were really interested to hear our stories and activities and also showed interest to help in future events as organizers, well that is a really good news for us!

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I visited different groups to see and know about their projects and it was really fun to know about such amazing projects!

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Aniruddha also gave a speech on Firefox OS:

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More pics can be found here !

Video can be found here !

On reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/make-a-thon/

Last but not the least SELFIES with awesome mozillians!

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Thanks a ton for the people who organized such event and special thanks to Maliha for interacting with them ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading my post, We hope to join such amazing events more in future!

Infos collected from Make-A-Thon fb page.


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Mozilla Bangladesh Task Force Meetup 2014

Mozilla Bangladesh recently organized an event named “Mozilla Bangladesh Task Force Meetup and 2014 planning”. Mozilla Bangladesh community has grown 10 times in last couple of years. To better organize the community MozBD formed Task Force based on projects. This event was the first formal meetup and to plan 2014 and many other activities.

On Saturday, 22nd February, 2014, the day long event took place and the venue was Hotel 71.
I reached on the spot with excitement because on the day we were about to plan awesome events for 2014. I was just memorizing the events I planned/we some mozillians planned. I was making it sure that no event idea should be missed.
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Around 10.00 am the main event started with an ice-breaking session, where each of the mozillian had to say their name and do something funny like hand waving, face making etc. After that our main agenda started(Moz Foundation 2014 Goals)

Grow 10x , 1M

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Some core points we had discussions onย  were: Australis Launch, Firefox OS, FxOS apps workshop in universities etc. During the discussions we were served with Morning tea and biscuits. Following this, we had S.W.O.T analysis. Each task force were given around one hour to devide into groups and have discussion. This analysis has a great impact on our future activities. After the analysis we wrote points in stickies and later some volunteers of specific TF wrote them on the ethar and the main discussion started. All the TF explained their priority points while other TF gave suggestions/info/asked questions.

We had lunch after finishing the session. we went to 19th floor to have yummy lunch. I couldn’t eat much but some enjoyed the food very much.

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Later, we went to the terrace and got MozBD teeshirts. Everyone seemed excited to have brand new tee shirt and later we had fun captures and group photos.

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The second half started with the presentation โ€œMillion Mozilliansโ€ by Mahay Alam Khan. We had a talk on MozStumbler,MozillaBD blog,website,gave new ideas. Later, we discussed 2014 road map/event plans. It was a pretty interactive session where I gave some inputs(yes,those memorized events).Other mozillians also suggested event types at new locations.

Wrapping up everything we did some photo sessions along with new mozillians,TF members, reps and WoMoz. Had a very qualityful day with some bainstorming ideas and thoughts to keep up our good work through contribution towards Mozilla.

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The day long activities with details will be found hereย 

On reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-bangaldesh-task-force-meetup-and-2014-planning/

Pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/112373427@N03/sets/72157641364214564/

See Mozilla Bangladesh TF leads and peers here

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚


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MozCoffee @Dhaka

I know I am bit late(a BIIIIT late) to write this ๐Ÿ˜›

Mozcoffee at Dhaka!Seems good for coffee lovers(I am not in the team though :P)

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Okey so the event’s agenda

Agenda:

  • Introduction of new Reps and Mozillians
    Me(Tanha Islam-the first WoMoz rep) and Belayet hossain Bro was introduced to the members of our community there.
  • Summit experiences share by Summit attendees
    From our Bangladesh community 11 people went to the Mozilla Summit held at USA.They shared their experience,pictures and all the fun they had there!It was so nice to listen to them ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • FSA
    Later me and Arif Nezami(2 RMAS of our country) were introduced to the people in the meetup.We talked to the new contributors ans FSAs about how to arrange events with planning and let us and other Reps know about this to make it successful.

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  • WoMoz
    well this part was not discussed in the meeting as we ran out of time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    we were two WoMoz present there

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  • Discussion on future programs and events
    We talked about :
  1. MDN localization(shafiul Azam bro covering)
and
2.BASIS booth
Group Photo ๐Ÿ˜€
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Thank you all for giving me 3 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

Tanha Islam

Hashtag was
#MozCoffeeDhaka

(the rep who organized his blogpost in details if you want to know more : http://mozillianbd.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/mozcoffeedhaka-1-nov-13/ )


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NSU FSA Meet Up(Intro)

Yay!

Yeah you will surely get to know why I used the Term “YAY” after you go through this whole page ๐Ÿ˜€

Today 10.08.2013 we the AWESOME NSU(North South University) FSA (Firefox Student Ambassadors) had an A-w-e-s-o-m-e meet up!

The meet up started at exact 11.40 as everyone had classes till 11.20 and managed to meet us ๐Ÿ˜€

so ..err..*coughs* We started(actually Anam Ahmed Bro started)-yeah he is the geek here(I wonder how he is so talented!) talking about MOZILLA(I love this term)

He at first asked the present students what do they actually think about the term Mozilla?

Our respected Vice President (Coordination & Planning) Kazi Rokib Ahmed started to share his thoughts at first then serially everyone explained.Many of them did not know that Mozilla gives the young generation to contribute for them.

Then THEANAM bro started talking in a description about Mozilla Foundation.

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He also explained what is mozilla mainly made of – Javascript (I know I will learn it someday)

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Then I(pinkdevil) explained them about Webmaker(My FAV ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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Then again Anam bro discussed about the fact that Google donates a huge amount to Mozilla for the search engine.

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And after that I discussed about the launching party of FirefoxOS(I love this orange thing)

Then we participants started asking about how to contribute(question of every newbie :P)

We described them and told them to join our fb community Mozilla Bangladeshย 

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Now the main part starts : FSA

Early in the morning I managed to make a small slide to talk about FSA program

Here It is

You will get to know each and everything later we discussed there from this slide ( I know I am awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Later on I was asked how did I became Mozilla Rep,I explained step by step from filling up the form-getting selected-giving interview-confirmed for Remo and so on.

Then I talked about WoMoz(women in Mozilla)

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That’s how we ended ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh! A group snap we did take! ๐Ÿ˜€

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(Thanks to my sister Trisa Islam(WoMoz) for writing down the points we discussed there , now I am seeing and writing :D,actually done writing ๐Ÿ˜› )

Thanks to you people as well to have 5 minutes to read my post.

Best wishes

Tanha Islam


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Software Freedom Day 2013 @BRAC University,Dhaka,Bangladesh

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use.

Software Freedom Day was established in 2004 and was first observed on 28 August of that year. About 12 teams participated in the first Software Freedom Day. Since that time it has grown in popularity and while organizers anticipated more than 1,000 teams in 2010, the event has stalled at around 400+ locations over the past two years, representing a 30% decrease over 2009.

We were lucky enough to arrange software freedom day at Brac University(Mohakhali campus),Dhaka.It took place on the 23rd September.

We set up a booth with the help of Noor bro.

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The program was scheduled to in this way:
10:00 am โ€“ 11:00 am: Inauguration Ceremony of Software Freedom Day;

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After that What & Why SFD???
-By Mr. Ring and Mr. Noor

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11:00 am โ€“ 11:40 am: Session on Blender by Ashker Ibne Abbas

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11:40 am โ€“ 12:40 pm: A session on Mozilla Bangladesh by Ratul Minhaz, Tanha Islam and Rifaj Nahiyan

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Ratul Minhaz,talking about FirefoxOS

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Tanha Islam ( Me :D),talking about my favorite part Popcorn Maker

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Rifaz Nahiyan,talking about thimble,he just loves it!I wish to learn it well from his sessions ๐Ÿ˜€

12:40 pm – 01:00 pm: RR Foundation

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01:00 pm – 01:50 pm: Lunch Break

This was the time when we concentrated more than food to group pics ๐Ÿ˜›

yeah!We did pass some fun time ๐Ÿ™‚

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and our very own FirefoxOS

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which suits best in my hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

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poor rifaz… ๐Ÿ˜› he was trying to call someone (!) without simcard ๐Ÿ˜›

and my favorite webpage! this thing is really something awesome!

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Oh!one thing I forgot to mention is we are going to have a new female contributor.YAY!My Womoz team is getting powerful day by day ๐Ÿ˜€

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02:00 pm โ€“ 02:45 pm: A session on WordPress by Mehedi

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04:15 pm – 05:00 pm: A session on Joomla by Sabuj Kundu

02:45 pm – 03:30 pm: A session on Drupal by Anam Ahmed

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and that is how the program ended..!! ๐Ÿ™‚
we all had a very nice day!

(P.s-Every session had some questions answers round where several people showed interest to know more about the related topics)

More Pics at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157635798221695/

-Tanha Islam

-NSU Firefox Community(https://www.facebook.com/firefoxnsu)
Member & Admin
-Firefox Student Ambassadors(https://www.facebook.com/Firefox.Student.Ambassadors)
Student Ambassador
-Mozilla Firefox(https://www.facebook.com/Firefox)
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-Womoz Bangladesh(https://www.facebook.com/WomozBangladesh)
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