MDN Workweek, Paris

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My first year in Mozilla was more of experimental...I began my Mozilla journey with localization. Then tried my hands on some awesome Webmaking...and finally I got into MDN. Once I got introduced to MDN, I instantly fell in love with it. The MDN project had everything I like...an awesome blend of both documentation and coding.

My MDN contribution till before the work-week had mostly been small documentation edits here and there, some playing around with KUMA and a lot of MDN Evangelism.
When I got the invitation mail for MDN workweek, Paris, I was already on cloud nine. I had got a chance of meeting a few members of the MDN team previously in Santa Clara during the Mozilla Summit, and the very idea of getting to work with them again was super thrilling!

The Super-heroes of Mozilla
The journey to Paris was also an awesome one. Afterall, Paris had been my dream since my days of 'Mills and Boons' ;)
Kaustav  and I had reached Paris on the 5th of March. It was our immediate instinct to visit the Paris office where we were hoping to find a few other participants of the work-week. We met Christian at the office. Well, walking on the streets of Paris with Christian is something not very easily achievable...that every moment I knew that this trip was going to be super awesome.

At work....in Paris office
Next day, we were honored to be able to join all the staffs in the Paris office. Kaustav and I were the only volunteers there and the pride we felt sitting in that room is beyond explanation.
MDN work-week  began on the 7th of March with a blast. There were 16 volunteers and 18 paid staff from 11 countries (France, USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Germany, India, Bangladesh, Brazil) who worked together to finish 23 projects, touched 400+ bugs.

MDN Workweek was the perfect example of Work hard, party harder. After the entire day's hard work, we would be taken to some awesome French restaurant for mouth watering food and heavenly French wine.

Time for some French wine

My contribution in MDN Workweek

My agenda for the MDN workweek was to build a start-up page for new contributors so that whenever new contributors ask - "How do I contribute to MDN", we have the one work answer to that.
After working on it for three days, this is what I could finally manage to get done:
Here, I shouldn't forget to thank Janet, Kaustav and Sheppy for helping me in getting the page completed.

Along with this project, I also did help Janet and Kaustav complete the event format for MDN events and publish the page on Mozilla Wiki. The page can be found here.
Another very interesting stuff that I got to work on during the work-week was the planning of Dev Derby launch with Kensie.

MDN Workweek was an experience of a lifetime and I indeed feel immensely lucky to have been able to be a part of such an event.

For the entire awesome experience, I would like to thank Ali Spivak, who had managed the entire event in the most efficient manner I have ever seen.

Other related posts:
1) Kaustav's blog-post regarding his experience
2) My blog-post about Paris


Afterall its Paris...

Posted by Unknown on 2:44 AM
My after event blog posts are generally a report of the event...if you are looking for a report of the MDN Work-week, this is not the right post. This post is a complete non-technical and non-work oriented story of how I fell in love in and with Paris.

A glance of Paris...

 Paris had been a dream of mine for quite a long time, and the first time I got the invitation for MDN Workweek, I kind of knew this one was going to be awesome!

Paris is beautiful...way more beautiful than my words can ever express. Every moment of this one weekend feels like a long, beautiful dream. Everything is too perfect here. This city has a weird kind of "intoxication" in its air. The more you breadth in the cool air, the more you fall in love with this city.
The weather here couldn't probably be any better...its perfectly cool....not too hot, not too cold. Refreshing cool breeze just washes away all your worries and stress. Someone couldn't probably be upset in this city...its awesomeness is bound to wash all the sadness away!

At the bank of Sion

The air of Paris is affected with the viral of love and I caught this flu one afternoon while walking down Sion. I fell in love...with the city...with every bit of it. The weather, the scenery, the people around, the its peacefulness and serenity...with everything.

This city has been able to wonderfully hold on to its heritage but not at the cost of cutting itself off from the modern amenities or technologies. Here in Paris, you will see a lot of old buildings, all equipped with modern gadgets....these buildings have huge,heavy and decorated entrance, with the most sophisticated security system installed on them...these are like the perfect blend of heritage with modernization!

Both French food and French wine are really tempting and a treat to your taste-buds. They tastes too good and are presented a bit too well.

Can't remember the name of the dish...but its something cooked in Wine sauce
Another thing about this city that I fell in love with, are the people here. Even strangers cannot pass by you on the streets without a "Bonjour" and a friendly smile. Weird right? Yes, it is. And that is why this city completely won me over.

I have five days in this awesome city...and I am living every moment of it to the fullest!


GNUnify 2014

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This was my third GNUnify in a row as a participant....and the second one as an organizer. Being a student of SICSR and a member of PLUG, GNUnify is somehow way more than just another conference....its MY conference. Everything about GNUnify is a bit too special for me.

The GNUnify fever gets on all the organizers right from December, but this time, being away from college (because of my job)....I did catch the fever a bit late ;)
Right from 7th of Feb, right from a week before the commencement of the event, I went to college almost every evening; to jump into the excitement of GNUnify preparation. Its very difficult to explain others how we get this passion for the so called EXTRA work after office, but we who live it...just LOVE it!
GNUnify is of-course way more to me than just the Mozilla Dev rooms. This year, the Mozilla Dev rooms were a tough job though...due to the lack of budget.
The last MozCafe meeting that we had before GNUnify was a tricky one. Planning an event like GNUnify with "0" budget is not easy (rather its not possible)....someone we did manage it well with little spending from our own pockets :P

Day one was planned to be a bit different this year. We tried out 'the booth format' (instead of one to one talks, we had project tables (kind of booths) for as many Mozilla projects as we could. There were project experts in each booth) instead of the normal tracks. It wasn't much of a success though. There were several reasons behind the failure of this format on Day one:
  • Lack of a proper space- The space provided wasn't exactly a suitable structure for booths.
  • Improper crowd management - When in a technical conference, we never like to wait. Initially our booths were sooo much crowded that people had to wait outside the room which eventually ended up in us losing them.
  • Improper publicity- Somehow, the entire booth format wasn't well advertised to our audience. The people who visited the Mozilla rooms expected the traditional tracks and were disappointed not to find them.

A glimpse of the MDN booth on Day I

Day two went much better. On this day, we had several different tracks like: Webmaker, MDN, Localization, Privacy & Security, Rust, Firefos OS, Reps and FSA. Things went better than expected here. There were sessions like Firefox OS where we had to send some of our audience away due to the lack of sitting space in the Dev rooms.

A few very important learning from GNUnify 2014:
  • For any Open Source conference, using Windows OS while making a presentation should be strictly avoided. The Mozillians had to face some criticism as some of our speakers forgot this rule of thumb.
  • A little more coordination is required within the team...mainly in situation where we have limited resources and a huge responsibility, everyone needs to understand their role well.
GNUnify 2014 was a good show...though there are obviously some immense chances of improvements. Hopefully 2015 will be even better :)

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