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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. 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 on Firefox OS, webmaker, maker parties, fsa  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 🙂

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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Womaniya – Empowering more WOMEN in Tech(expanding woMoz)

From Ada Lovelace , women have played an important part in driving technology forward…..

I was lucky enough to get the invitation for Womaniya from the woMoz organizer Komal Ji Gandhi from India which took place this 8-9th March in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
On 6th January early in the morning I started for Delhi from Dhaka,Bangladesh and got connected with Bhopal flight. The organizer herself came to the airport to receive me warmly with a local volunteer, Vaibhab Bajaj. We went to our desired hotel and as I was tired so that day was an ‘Off’ for me to take rest. The next day early in the morning both of them came to pick me up to the volunteers stay place. Keeping my luggages we went to many places like meeting with the police AIG for confirming agenda and speakers, picking up womaniya teeshirts etc.
In the evening , I was just surfing around after taking some rest in the garden of the hotel while other mozillians Umesh Agarwal and Jafar Muhammad joined me in the hotel. Soumya Deb joined us later at night and Sumantro mukharjee joined us the next day during we were having our breakfast at hotel.

Day 1 starts:

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Womaniya welcomes us 🙂

As it was the first day of the event and all of our guests were supposed to come there on time we rushed there just after we had our breakfast to just check everything was perfect.
The event started sharp at 10.30. All the chief guests gave their valuable speech about women in the society, their safety, womens’ day celebration etc.

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We, MOZILLIANS started our main event after the lunch. Me and Komal gave brief idea about what woMoz and womaniya is and how it is related to each other. To make the brief talk more interactive we both asked each other about the reason why we are womoz and what inspired us to be a mozillian or contribute to Mozilla as a women.

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Later, Faisal sir explained what mozilla is and how it works.

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The crowd!

 

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Day 2 starts:
The next day we volunteers woke up early just to be before time to make sure that everything is going to be perfect. At 10.30 people started coming. We were amused to see that at least 70% people from the previous day joined us. “Passionate” – I MUST SAY!
Once they started taking place, we started with our first session(s). People were divided into small groups. FSA, APP DEV and Webmaker. Me, along with Umesh took the responsibility of FSA team.

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Deb was incharge of App Dev and Sumantro, along with me again in Webmaker. Komal helped all the volunteers during the sessions.
Faisal sir took an awesome session on l10n. Later on stage Deb showed app development.

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Following him, Faisal sir took Mozquiz. We also helped him with making questions on the spot! People were called on the stage and were given away cool swags by Pawan sir.

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Before wrapping up the event I ended up with my session. I explained what woMoz is, why we need more woMoz, the mission of Mozilla, how and who can contribute with us, how to get over from the restrictions, how to shine in life in tech as women etc. People seemed much energetic till the event ended. They were responsive during my session as well. After wrapping up with the event some girls seemed interested to join the winning team of woMoz and were very much impressed with my session.

 

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People taking swags, closing the event. They loved ’em

 

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A MUST group photo!

To be honest I am now missing Bhopal because every part of the city I visited during the event and free time, has given me such pleasure of travelling.

Slides I used to speak out through my session .

Day 1 pictures

Day 2 pictures

I recently got one make from webmaker about the event which is made by a local volunteer, chandan . I loved this make!

Covers by newspapers about the event:

1. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/2-day-seminar-on-empowerment-of-women-organised.html

2. https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/48032_684460238279550_1175593534_n.jpg

3. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/police-to-hold-seminar-on-woman-empowerment.html

Online coverage by radio:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3894499901126