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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! 😛

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 😛

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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.

More pics here .

Makes they made:

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https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/jason1234/16252/
https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/jason1234/16254
https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/afaygsa/16257/
https://thimble.mozilla.org/user/afaygsa/64095
https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/afaygsa/16259/
https://thimble.mozilla.org/user/xtiatx/64098
https://thimble.mozilla.org/user/xtiatx/64097
https://thimble.mozilla.org/user/xtiatx/64096
https://thimble.mozilla.org/user/xtiatx/64094
https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/jason1234/16258/

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

Event Hashtag: #kidzilladhk #MPUT

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

 


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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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A day with SUMO stars

The awesome NSU FSAs were thinking of doing one event where they could do mentoring on SUMO , yes Support Mozilla it is! After 2 weeks planning the event took place at North South University library.

on 3rd March, 2014 the event started sharp at 1 pm in the library. People were divided into small groups for better communication and learnt different types of sumo contribution ways. They also signed up for the FSA program. Our main target was teaching L10n (Localization) (sumo kb) and AOA (Army Of Awesome) .

Zarif took the responsibility to teach AOA as well as doing AOA by himself on that day.

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Faria teaching a new FSA sumo kb l10n .

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While I was explaining Al-amin how those sumo badges are given away and whom are given away. We also answered few questions on the support forum .

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While newbies were busy doing contribution, FSAs also did not waste their time.

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WoMoz l10n! I was really amazed to see that newbies completed articles l10n without any break. Later we helped to fix typos.

We have a plan to write articles soon after we do good in this area.

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After the sumo worktime we had our lunch at 4pm. Some people are missing due to their class/ exam!

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That is how we ended up with our small event. We have planned to do more productive events online+offline both regarding SuMo.

Providing localized support has always been one of the core purposes of SUMO and I personally think SuMo is the best way to start contributing for a newbie and that’s why this areas has been chosen by the FSA team who worked hard to revise the localized kb . A special thanks to the team!

On REPS portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/sumo-day-with-nsufsa/

Things we contriibuted in: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/remo-sumo-day-with-nsufsa

Event Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157642260922754/

Blogs by other FSA who did mentor during the event :

http://zariftajwar.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/sumo-day-with-nsufsa/

http://r1nahian.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/sumo-day-with-nsufsa/

http://fariaexnsu.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/sumo-day-with-nsufsa-teaching-with-fun-d/

http://raiyadraad.blogspot.com/2014/03/sumo-day-with-nsufsa.html

Hashtag was: #SUMONSUFSA


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Hackjam with NSUFSA,NSUWF,NSUEC

After 1 month planning, the day came today! Exams and advising just ended last week, so our target was to do webmaker on holidays. This time we just expanded ourselves with 2 more clubs named NSU wireless Forum (deals with all the tech related events, teaches people about tech) and English Club. We have a good relation with these two clubs so we were expecting a good start with our university mates and our expectation came to reality today.

Early in the morning freezing with cool breeze me and my sister arrived at North South University, in half an hour all of our FSAs reached and the room was opened for us. While fixing internet and stuffs people started coming.

People seemed so excited about the event. Most of them brought laptops with internet(we had internet modems as well as NSU WIFI).

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Our fellow NSUFSA mate Rashik Ishrak Nahian welcomed everyone warmly and started talking about Mozilla. He covered contribution ways. I personally loved his slides a lot !

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His slide

Following him I started talking about FSA program, what’s it? How to join? Our benefits?Our activities?

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My slide

And then the core webmaker part was started by our own Kazi Rokib Ahmed(NSU Wireless forum Vice president, member of Eng club & FSA). He explained the basic steps of HTML & CSS to people. Most of them did not know how HTML and CSS works. They seemed damn interested to learn. Some of them asked some question as well while learning.

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The make he explained to people: http://goo.gl/D9o6z4

Following him, our awesome president of Wireless Forum Mursalin Kabir started taking his session. He took his session on X-Ray Goggles. The way he interacted with people was really good! Everyone enjoyed his session!

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Then one of our sweet woMoz took session on Popcorn, Faria Mahjabin. Her slides were a live popcorn to me! Anyone with the slides won’t face any problem to learn popcorn.

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After her our awesome & genius Towhidul Haque Roni took a session on Introduction to Firefox OS and how to make Apps.

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His slides

Then participants had hands on experience with Firefox OS developer preview.

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After that we divided participants into 3 groups of thimble, popcorn and x-ray goggles. They made some makes. Some of them were really good and some were really funny!

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To energize them up we gave them delicious pastries, drinks, samucha etc (Oh man, I am hungry now!)

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After having yummy food, we had Mozquiz of 10 questions which were set by our fellow NSUFSA Tuhin Sahir. Then we got our awesome winners who were given out cool swags of Mozilla. They seemed really happy to get some!

We got 11 new contributors from this event. Everyone loved the swags which were given away during the event. Mozilla Badge was popular and the webmaker stickers as well!

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At last we had a group photo, say : what does the fox say???

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Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
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People who cannot be said thanks in words : Mursalin Kabir,Rokib Tusky,Al-Amin,Zarif Tajwar,Faria mahjabin,Trisa Islam,Salman Nusrat,Rashik Ishrak Nahiyan,Anush Anilkumar & Tanha Islam 😉

Hashtag was : #hackjamnsufsa
Our club on Facebook: Group , Page
All the makes people made who attended:
https://tanzina.makes.org/thimble/book-cover (Best Make from girls)
https://rakibdew.makes.org/thimble/iron-man-movie-poster
https://wordhulhasan.makes.org/thimble/movie-poster-mozillian
https://tamannajahan.makes.org/thimble/animating-posternsu-firefox-community
https://akibasad.makes.org/thimble/postcard-welcome-to-dhaka
https://n24.makes.org/thimble/n24-productions
http://samiha94.makes.org/goggles/samiha94s-remix-of-the-daily-star-breaking-amp-latest-news-from-bangladesh-2
https://mohammed_faislam.makes.org/thimble/animating-poster
https://xeroanonymous93.makes.org/thimble/nsufsa (Best Make from guys)
https://r-i-nahian.makes.org/thimble/6-session-in-hackjam
https://roni.makes.org/thimble/nsufsa31jan
https://faria_newfsa.makes.org/popcorn/1q8h
https://al-amin.makes.org/thimble/hackjam-picture-album


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Geek Girls Hangout @DHK

 We the WoMoz are mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors. So we the Bangladeshi WoMoz along with  the help of MozBD had a small informal meet up planning about the future events of WoMoz.
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Event was conducted by me(Tanha Islam) , Laila Mustari . We were 6 in numbers. We had girls from 2 different institute. We talked about how to get more women from different aspects. We had 2 newbie with us who were Tahmima Chowdhury Nawrin and her classmate. We had a s.w.o.t analysis of our past activities and planned about future events, how to make them successful ! Our short meet up for 2 hours was successful!
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Points we discussed:
-WoMoz
-Firefox club (what to & how to)
-Webmaker
-Future events(types)
-MozCafe
-Hangouts to brainstorm awesome ideas to get more women in tech & mozilla
-Firefox OS(we had hands on experience as well 😉 )
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At last we had a group photo! 🙂

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Hashtag was : #gghangoutdhk , #MozBDEventIdea
WoMoz BD on fb: Group , Page


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NSU Firefox Student Ambassadors Meet-Up(II)

Hello people, whoever is giving me 5 minutes from his/her holiday to read my blog-post, yes! its worth 🙂

After 4 months 2 weeks we, the Firefox Student Ambassadors of North South University met for the second time with old and new both faces.

We started sharp at 10.00, almost everyone was on time. I started distributing swags to our student ambassadors, they seemed happy as it was their first time face to face meeting with me. We started with our agenda, our agenda was,

-Welcoming the new NSU FSA
-Discuss about the contribution ways
-Distribute work of upcoming FSA event
-Teach FSA about l10n
-Teach FSA about Webmaker templates localization
-Webmaker
-Mozquiz
As I lead the welcoming part, everyone was told to sign up . Then I started talking about contribution ways . Later on they were shown the Firefox OS(Developer preview).
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When we started discussing about future events & workshops, 2 of them(Saqib & Zarif) seemed interested to give us a place, YAY! 🙂
Then Rashik started talking about l10n, how it works and how to contribute with it, why is that necessary .
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Then I talked about webmaker, it’s templates localization.
Later on we started our HackJam! Special thanks to Rashik, Al-Amin, Shafayet who helped to make this event a success. They were Webmaker mentors for the day. We were divided into 3 groups for learning Thimble, Popcorn & X-Ray Goggles. In spite of of huge problem of wifi speed and network problem of modem they managed to teach each and everyone about Webmaking.

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Then, I talked about Mozilla foundation, persona, thunderbird, firefox OS, app of the month etc.
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After that we had one interesting but semi-easy MozQuiz where Zarif got 10 questions correct!Tuhin secured the second place(9), Raad and Momin bro secured 3rd place with same marks(8)..!They were gifted with Mobile bag, Mozilla sticker and tattoo !
All the FSA were given one specific make to remix it and some of those are:
Later we took a group photo(Saqib missing, he went for his midterm exam by that time)
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Special thanks to Trisa Islam for awesome photos, person behind the camera 🙂
Thanks everyone and happy holiday!