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2nd day at MozTI@BESU

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 11:01 AM
Well, had I known I would be able to make it for the second day of MozTI@BESU, I wouldn't have written my blog for the first day separately. Would preferably have merged the two together. Well, it was a situation that even 5 mins before leaving home, I wasn't sure I would be going for the second day of this grand event. 

The second day started of with Introduction to Mozilla and Mozilla communities where the two great speakers Soumya Deb and Sayak Sarkar shared the stage. They took turns to explain the crowd about Mozilla Foundation, the goal and mission of this organization and so on. Sayak even read the manifesto of Mozilla to make things clearer for all. It was followed by a series of talks on different Mozilla products, Mozilla projects etc. 
While Soumya caught the attention of the audience with his introduction to Mozilla's biggest project right now, B2G (commonly known as Firefox OS), Sayak mesmerized the crowed with his Webmaker stories and projects.
The last part of the morning session was about 'How one can contribute to Mozilla?' To make this session interesting Soumya called all Mozilla contributors present in the room (which included Sankha Narayan, Swarnava Sengupta, Sayak Sarkar, Soumya himself and me) and asked each one about their contribution to Mozilla and how they got involved and other stuff. Making it interactive obviously drew more attention of the crowd than simply having monologues.

#photo courtesy: Thank you Kumi (the mascot of Mozilla Indonesia Community) for posing for us 

The second half of the day consisted of hands-on session taken by Sankha, Soumya and Sayak. I unfortunately missed this part, so can't really get into the details of it. But as per the feedback received, it was a grand success. There were more participants in the lab, than expected which was a mere proof of how much response this event had got. 
After all is said and done, I think I hardly need to tell about the success rate of this event. Only would like to inform all my readers that theres loads more coming up very soon as follow ups against this two day event. For further details, one will have to keep following the events and also my blog posts ;)

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MozTI@BESU

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 10:01 AM
# Image source: Official poster for event

After a long time did attend a really big FOSS event today at Bengal Engineering and Science University, commonly known as BESU. It was my first visit to BESU campus. The beautiful campus did welcome me this morning with loads of greenery. The very surrounding did fill me up with energy and enthusiasm for the day. The on-spot registration process for this event began by 9am. By 9.30am, when sufficient crowd had already gathered at the seminar hall, the crowd was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor of BESU, Dr Ajoy Kumar Ray. He addressed the crowd with a very simple but powerful speech which was the perfect start to the event.
After his address, Sayak Sarkar (a Mozilla Representative and also the organizer of the event) took over. He made a presentation on Google Summer of Code, introducing to the crowd the idea behind GSoC is, how it is run, how to apply for it and so on. Though his talk was supposed to be on GSoC, the enthusiastic crowd made him talk in details about some more topics such as managing GitHub accounts, using IRC channels etc. Sayak gave a demo of using both GitHub as well as IRC channels. He also explained in details about his own GSoC project. The crowd was so much interested in his talk that they kept firing him with questions unless Sayak finally had to stop them due to time constraint, promising to answer their queries over lunch later.
I followed Sayak to the dice. After his session on GSoC was over, it was my turn to talk about OPW (Outreach Program for Women) and WoMoz (Women in Mozilla). Since the concept of OPW came from GSoC itself, it wasn't much tough a job for me to talk on it. Sayak had sufficiently set the stage up for me. 
WoMoz was the only Mozilla oriented session which was covered today due to two reasons. Firstly, there was a free slot available today and all slots for tomorrow are jam-packed with different Mozilla talks and hands-on sessions. And secondly, being the only female Mozilla Rep available around for this event, I had to cover this topic and I could be present only for today.
Some simple but delicious lunch was provided to all participants from BESU and post lunch there was a hackathon session by HakerRank. The hackathon session was a real fun as the problem given was awesomely challenging!
We got free by around 6.30pm after which we had a small talk with Vice Chancellor sir. He was very encouraging and also a great enthusiast of Open Source Software. 
All in all, it was a great day. An event whose first day can be called a great success. The response received from the crowd was really awesome. After today, will be expecting to see some faces from among today's crowd, in Mozilla community and other Open Source communities very soon.


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