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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 β€˜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 πŸ™‚

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

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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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚
Thanks everyone and happy holiday!


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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 – 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 – 11:40 am: Session on Blender by Ashker Ibne Abbas

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11:40 am – 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜›

yeah!We did pass some fun time πŸ™‚

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and our very own FirefoxOS

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which suits best in my hand πŸ˜‰

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

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 πŸ˜€

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02:00 pm – 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..!! πŸ™‚
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)
Volunteer
-Womoz Bangladesh(https://www.facebook.com/WomozBangladesh)
Member and admin


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Maker Party 2013 @ Maple Leaf,Dhaka,Bangladesh

15.09.13

Yes,this is the day I first took part in one of the active events of Mozilla BD – WebMaker Party 2013

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Let me tell you,I first met all the mozillians on the occasion of mozilla’s 15 year celebration at Star,Kabab.

Today,with the help of Rifaz Nahiyan we were able to do this Maker Party at his school Maple Leaf,Dhaka which is situated at Dhanmondi 11/A.

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At first it was pretty hard to set all pcs with working internet but our Ashickur Rahman Noor bro managed it with perfection! πŸ˜€

Students started coming sharp at 1.00,where we saw both male and female students of class ranging class6 to A-levels.

After they were done taking seats Noor bro started his presentation which was made using POPCORNMAKER.

He started explaining the open source and following that he started the original Maker Party.He discussed the main three parts of the Web Maker which were:

1.Tools

Popcorn makerΒ 

Thimble

X-ray googles

2.Templates

3.Community

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Some of the students had some questions which I am mentioning with answers we gave:

-will mozilla pay me for this?

Noor Bro: No,It’s actually a volunteeary type work where Mozilla is a non-profit type organization.None of us here gets paid but we have gathered a lots of knowledge and experiences from it.

-can’t I have copyright thingy on my makes?

Noor Bro:no,you can’t

Me:But the website will show the core/main piece of the make beside the remix ones,from where everyone will be able to see who made it first and who remixed it.

-why will others be able to remix my makes?

Noor Bro:that’s why it’s open source!You can use others code to build up a new thing!

Following that I,Tanha Islam started talking about Popcorn Maker,I explained those students how to work on that and why do we need to use that.

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Some of them started to make some popcorn videos just before I ended my discussion.They seemed so interested working on that!!

After that Rifaz started explaining the Thimble part where he discussed some basic stuffs of HTML and CSS,He asked one of the students to stand up and tell his favorite car which was Lamborghini aventador!He helped Rifaz to make one thimble with that!

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When Rifaz was done,me and Noor bro gave a brief of X-ray Googles.

After that students were given some time to make the web,they did a great job.

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Link : http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157635534845331 (I saved it to my account BTW)

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After guys were gone they left a funny thing for us(popcorn video) which link I don’t have because girls refreshed the page to make a new one THIS ONE

I still have a photo of what boys made πŸ˜›

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When everything was done students were shown the MaKey MaKey

Where you one could play Mario game not with keyboards,but with Bananas! Seems interesting!I played it as well and it was really fun!

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That is how the AWESOME day ended finishing up the Maker Party on the last day announced by Mozilla.

It was really a good experience for me πŸ™‚

Mozilla and Mozillians ROCK!

Tanha Islam

(Student Ambassador,Contributor & Volunteer-Bangladesh)

North South University

*Proud Mozillian*

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More Pics at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157635534845331

(p.s-Let me tell you the room was really small to breath in for 25-28 people,still we managed it with peace as everyone was co-operating with us!Thanks to Maple Leaf school,their students and teachers)