"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." ---Rabindranath Tagore.
This is the First time MozCafe event organized in Villupuram(Jun, 28 2015). This is a late blog post. This is a long time plan to host an MozCafe event at Villupuram to gather FSA’s(from Villupuram, Cuddalore & Pondicherry) into one place. I found it’s too difficult. Because Villupuram & Cuddalore belongs to TamilNadu state & Pondicherry is a Union Territory. Difference in college timing, exams schedules, holidays, etc.. So Initially discussed with well-known mozillians(Sarath Kumar, Balaji and Adam) from Villupuram and Pondicherry to fix the convenient day. Really I found its difficult to found a common holiday to everyone. From this discussion we found a way to make it possible without affecting anyone.(At the time of event Pondicherry students in study holidays & rest of others waiting for college reopen).
The main purpose of this meeting is bringing all the FSA’s & New contributors around Villupuram, Pondicherry, Cuddalore and Thiruvannamalai. This helps to start contributing to Mozilla and work on various Mozilla & FLOSS related activities in their colleges/universities.
This event will also helps to bring those FSA’s together and get them to know each other so that in future they can work on collaboration for contributions as well as organizing events.
1) The Event Started with Registration by Balaji Tamilselvan.
2) Philosophy behind Free Software by Sathish Kumar.
He gave a brief talk about Free Software and the philosophy behind it.
3) Introduction to Mozilla by Sarath
4) Introduction to FSA program and recruitment by Adam
5) Brainstorming on Community Development(Sarath Kumar & Sathish Kumar) Sarath and Sathish Started with a BrainStorming.
- What is a Community?
- Why We Need a Community?
- Why we are Working in a Community?
- What can we learn from the Community?
- What are the Ways We can Develop our Community?
6) Educating about Mozilla products, initiatives and motivating volunteers to join the Mozilla Project by Adam & Balaji Tamilselvan. Brief talk about Mozilla Products like Firefox for Desktop and its tools like forgot button, developer tools, Chatzilla,etc.
then we left for a break. After that I took responsibility to show a way to new contributors about Clubs building in their institutions from my experience and other FSA’s as well.
7) Road map for next one year on spreading FSA at other colleges/institutes and Networking and knowing members in the community by Me.
To make participants more active I ask them to set like circle. So that each and every can see other.
At that time we discussed about,
- What to do as a Firefox Student Ambassadors?
- How to build the Firefox Clubs in colleges/Institutions?
- How to take the Firefox to rural areas?
- How to Maintain the Club?
- What are the issues arrives from the Management Side and How to solve those issue.
8) Photo session & Swags distribution.
Really it was an Awesome Experience for all the Participants and also for me. I got new teams to start Firefox Club in Thiruvannamalai District and some engineering colleges in and around Pondicherry.
Its my pleasure to thank my mentor(Huda Sarfraz) who have guided me to make this event successful. And also thank to Karkee, Mohammed Adam, Sathish Kumar, Sarath Kumar, Balaji and Uppili.
Photo Credits : Uppili Pranavane