MakerParty ,SKNCOE

The first time we were having lunch together, Aman had enquired, out of shear curiosity, if it was possible to have a Mozilla event in his college? The next time we had lunch together, it was in his college...during the lunch break of the first Mozilla event at SMT.KASHIBAI NAVALE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING (SKNCOE), Pune. Thats how events are planned here....online, through chats and whatApp messages.

On the last day of the month of August, the Pune Mozillians had gathered at SKNCOE's IT department to address the third year students, introducing them to Open Source, to Mozilla and finally to Webmaker.

These days, whenever I go down to different colleges as a speaker, I kind of get surprised (rather should say SHOCKED) by the amount of hospitality I receive from the organizers.

The event began with Aman's (the event coordinator from SKNCOE) opening speech and felicitation of the Mozillians. Well, the red roses did immediately light up my day ;)

The morning session mainly consisted of talks where the students were first introduced to Open Source and Mozilla as an organization by Ankit Gadgil. I went ahead to share with the crowd the different Mozilla products, the projects and the ways to get involved with Mozilla. Next it was Aniket who told the crowd about the Firefox Student Ambassador program. Well, sadly, this time I didn't get a chance to talk on my favourite topic but Diwanshi Pandey actually did an awesome job talking about WoMoz, so no regrets.

The afternoon session was conducted in the labs. We were given two labs. It was during lunch that suddenly this idea clicked me, to have all the ladies gathered in one lab and work together. What could be better for the ladies than experiencing the very purpose of WoMoz!
All the participants actually did a great job. Some of the awesome makes can be found here
This is amazing how at every Webmaker event, I kind of find it difficult to end the event. We always go beyond the scheduled time and the participants never want to stop! Thimble is that addictive!
But, unfortunately, every good thing need to come to an end, so did our event. Some goodies were distributed to the candidates who made some awesome remixes and also to the volunteers whose help and untiring efforts made the event a grand success.

From the feedback of the event, I am expecting a Firefox club to be coming up in this college very soon. We already have a Firefox Student Ambassador from the college, Aman Sehgal, who will be taking care of the Firefox Club here.
Expecting to get some awesome Mozillians from SKNCOE.


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