#WebVR @ MozNirma

Cross posted on my blog.

DESCRIPTION:

A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences, making it easy for anyone to get involved with virtual reality. Its goal is to onboard developers into 3D and advance WebVR, an open platform for virtual reality that leverages the Web. Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity.

A-Frame is used extensively by the Mozilla VR team to prototype and experiment with WebVR. Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology.

DATE & TIME:

April 21, 2017 – 1400 to 1800 Hours.

VENUE:

Nirma University, Ahmedabad

ATTENDEES: 60 Students

PERSONAL NOTE

Campus Clubs is a major part of our DNA since that’s not just a way to get us contributors but also, it helps regular college students get more and more exposure towards new technologies and platforms through which they can connect with people who have gone through it and have reached a level higher. These Campus Clubs help us recognize talent and get us new contributors, and if not that, we find community builders and rockstars which MozNirma club has in abundance. They work quite well, and have quite an understanding and a vision towards building a better future for those around them.

Let’s not get away with words(A note for me!)

A WebVR event with A-Frame is what we had planned and I’d prepared myself for a smashing event since the word I’d gotten from previous mentors who had payed them a visit before were pretty impressed by their infrastructure and their knowledge. A mentor even asked me to be well prepared because they ask a lot of questions, adn I stood there confused, thinking about what should i really expect!? When they(MozNirma) needed someone to get them started with WebVR activities and they contacted Mehul who asked me if I could and since I was free,  I went on with it!

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The Uber dropped me at Nirma University gate and there were already posters of TedX Nirma University which made me feel that the crowd I’ll be facing would definitely compare me with the level of what’s coming to them later on. Jugal, from the core team came out to the gate to receive me and their campus is mighty good and clean! I’ve been to Nirma before, but that was four years ago and it looked emptier then but obviously, they’ve improved and looked good!

I went in and met the team, and I found them a peppy lot who are curious and want to do something with the resources that they have at hand. We waited for the participants to complete their classes and come in to get settled and discussed their previous events, vision, journey of Mozilla and they seemed more than interested.

 

We were interrupted by sixty people, not really! But, yeah, when you have so many people waiting for you, you can’t really just focus on just a single conversation.

Infront of me, sixty students, pin drop silence, which I don’t like, but there it was. I started talking, and they sat there with disciplined and listening to me. I asked them a few questions about Mozilla and VR and AR, to check what they know and what not. I had spoken for about 25-30 minutes and they were listening to me silently, which I felt was awkward, and they didn’t. I don’t know why! Maybe it’s because I’ve worked with kids lately, and they are very very very interactive. they have such bizarre ideas, and they blurt them out feeling in no way that they will be embarrassed but these were college students who were so conscious to open up. So, I did what do, I called up a singer from the bunch and made everyone sing Closer by Chainsmokers. Why?

Cause why the heck not?

 

It’s a workshop for like-minded people who are here to work on new technology which is open-source, it’s not a class. Okay, it might’ve gotten weird at some point, but it was either really fun or they lied to me! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Back to the topic, we proceeded and got more into technology and VR and devices.

We went on and answered the following questions:

How these Devices work?

What all hardware’s involved?

What all software’s involved?

Where does A-Frame enter?

What is WebGL?

How do these work?

Why HTML+CSS?

And a lot more!

We had answered all the Whats and Whys but we had to come to the How? because that’s what we were there to do! To learn how make new scenes on WebVR! We went on to how we can make new scenes and make use of the objects we have and how to manipulate them to make something new and kickass!

 

While doing all-of-it, none of us realized that only 19 minutes had left. So, we stopped there and revised what we’d learned by asking question and distributed swags for every right answer, and well, for every try.

We ended the session on a great note, and a conversation with amazing group pictures!

It’s great to see so many enthusiastic new developers entering the Virtual realm and that’s how the community will grow, and that is the way it should be!

Signing off, Pranshu Khanna! 🙂

Links:

All the pictures on the Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2Zb2r6fnY9XRl9tbEF1R09rc1E

Etherpad Link: https://public.etherpad-mozilla.org/p/WebVR_Camp_by_Mozilla_Gujarat

Rep’s Page Link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/webvr-camp-by-moznirma-club/

My Mozillians Profile: https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/pransh15/

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