Mozilla Gujarat hosted its first ever public meetup MozCoffeeAhmedabad on 13th June 2015 in Ahmedabad and it quickly turned into the mega event as participants came from across Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Baroda and Surat showing their zeast and zeal to contribute to the world’s one of the most recognized open soruce project – Mozilla.
Kicking off the meetup with introduction
The meetup kicked off with a formal introduction of the MozGuj community by its core members Moin Shaikh, Harsh Kothari, Yash Golechha, Sunny Patel, Rahul Chavda, Drashti Pandya, Harshit Shah and Milap Bhojak giving an overview of the Mozilla Gujarat community, its formation story, its goals and the solid future plans.
Soon after introudcing the community among the Mozillians, the new joining participants started introducing themselves and gave reasons on why they are so much passionate to join the community and to contribute to it.
The Mozilla Projects Overview by Harsh, Moin & Yash
After the introduction round, MozGuj members Harsh, Moin & Yash started educating the participants with Mozilla’s various projects including Firefox, Thunderbird, Firefox OS and Mozilla SUMO and beyond.
The Firefox Project – Overview by Harsh & Moin
Harsh gave a complete overview of Mozilla’s open source intiatives including Firefox. He also shared knowledge on how Firefox is different and better than other browsers like Google Chrome.
Harsh also shared information about various leading open source projects and educated students on how they can start contributing to the major open source projects while learning and embracing evolving technologies. He then shared major advantages of contributing to open source projects and kept encouraging students to choose their favourite open source project to start contribution.
Firefox OS – Overview by Yash & Harsh
Yash gave a complete overview of Mozilla’s precious project – FirefoxOS and shared information on how this evolving mobile OS platform is different and better than its rivals. Yash also shared useful information on how students can play a key role in makign FirefoxOS a better smartphone OS alternative by contributing to the project.
Yash also showed how simple and beautiful it is to develop awesome apps for FirefoxOS. Both Yash and Harsh also shared practical development tips to build and deploy Firefox Apps.
Mozilla SUMO & Web Maker Tools – Overiview by Moin
Moving ahead the meetup, Moin started giving overivew of Mozilla’s support platform – SUMO (Support.Mozilla.Org) and educated students on how they can get their journey into Mozilla project started by playing a key role as a support team member. He introduced Mozilla’s support platoforms such as Army of Awesome (Mozilla’s Twitter based support platform), other Support forum, Mozilla Knowledge Base (KB) and Mozilla Localization.
Moin also gave overview of Web Maker tools by Mozilla including Thimble, X-Ray Goggles and Appmaker.
Mozilla Developer Network – Overview by Rahul
Rahul spoke about Mozilla Developer Network and educated students on how they can utilize Mozilla’s MDN to learn and develop beautiful web and FirefoxOS apps at their own. He also inspired attendees to get their hands on MDN and try to devleop something useful for FirefoxOS platform.
The Interactive QA Session
The meetup soon turned into an interactive, two way Q and A session where participating enthusiastic students eager asked questions related to Mozilla projects, opensource technologies and the ways to contribute to open source world. Their motivation could clearly reflect the grand success of MozCoffee meetup and as the meetup was being concluded, they raised their hands and registered themselves to be a part of Mozila Gujarat community.
In the end, a new beginning
And as the meetup came to end, we felt and witnessed a whole new beginning of the new era – Mozilla era in Gujarat. We are now firm determined and aggresively planning back-to-back FoxYeah events, meetups and maker parties in coming weeks.
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