Dhaka WoMoz Day Out

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WoMoz Bangladesh have been progressing really well and we thought to boast up this progress in 2015 . We had female contributors participating in Dhaka WoMoz Day Out  , not to mention quite a lot female contributor comparing to the time when it was only me and Tanha Islam. Although we have female contributors but the picture is a bit scattered. So i came up with a plan to give it a concrete shape , combining every female contributor from this region and to be more inclusive. Earlier CTG WoMoz Tech Fest created a buzz and helped us to get attention of the geeky ladies.

Formerly the event was planned for one day only but as we wanted to know our contribution areas a bit more better, we decided to have two meet-ups first and then the final Dhaka WoMoz Day Out .

On 5th July , 2014 we had our first meet-up (Dhaka WoMoz Meet-Up 001) where late Rahid Hasan , Aniruddha Adhikary and Maliha (me) had an interactive discussion on What is Womoz ,How women can contribute in Mozilla,Importance of Women in Tech,How do you engage more Women in Tech, How WoMoz Bangladesh started (Storytelling) , FOSS and why should they care.

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Dhaka WoMoz Meet-Up 001 before Dhaka WoMoz Day Out

 

On 7th August , 2014 we had Dhaka WoMoz Meet-up 010 where we had a guided tour on developing apps for Firefox OS apps by Aniruddha Adhikary and then after lunch break intro to contribute in MDN session by Fahia Nasnin Mim.

Guided Firefox OS app development session : As it was a guided tour of app development and most of them were new, everyone build the same app . You can find a few of them here. Others are currently working on their separate project to take part in on going Firefox OS apps challenge Bangladesh organized by Telenor Digital , mozilla and MCC.

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Head first to contributing in MDN session :  In this session they were given the basic ideas on localizing documents on MDN.They were assigned articles to work on by their session coordinator Fahia Nasnin Mim. They successfully accomplished each of their tasks. Details on their assigned task can be found here.

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On 8th August , 2014 we had our Dhaka WoMoz Day Out finally, we had an interactive discussion on how can we be more inclusive and ensure a friendly environment for any female contributors, recruit more female FSAs , guide the new female contributors to the respective pathways and what should we do to be more constructive in coming days. The girls were split up in three groups (Team A,B,C) and brainstormed on above mentioned points. Details can be found here. The best team even got smoothies treat with extra ice-cream and cream toppings !! Yuummm !! 😀

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Then after lunch break we jumped into Head First to contribute in SuMo session , our super sumo warrior womoz Nandita Roy Silvia was expected to conduct the session but as she was not available due to exam , Safwan Rahman and Rabby Hossain was kind enough to help us out. They successfully completed some assigned articles with the help of their mentors. Details can be found here.

We successfully completed our tasks and now we are looking forward to having an amazing 2015 for WoMoz Bangladesh with a bit more concentration to our goals on what we have , where we wan to see us by the end of 2015 and how we can be more constructive . Hope fully this is my last post related to WoMoz Bangladesh in 2014 😉 See you next year with some new exciting plans !! Cheers !!

More photos can be found here.

An Open Letter to Mozilla Bangladesh Community

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How can a volunteer define his/her love for the community? My answer would be, “ I don’t know.” But I do know one thing, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” Now at this point, my fellow reps and “Mozilla Bangladesh leaders” might ask, “How long have you been involved with Mozilla Bangladesh to call it your child?” In polite gesture I would like to ask here, is it really necessary to be a senior contributor or superior in some manner in a certain community to love it and to contribute to it? [1]

A contributor might be a newbie in the community, (s)he might have just become a rep months ago (does (s)he even have to be a rep?) but does it mean that (s)he shouldn’t have any statement or suggestion on how the community should be operated, should their thoughts be steam-rolled over by the thoughts of “superior people”? and can’t (s)he ask questions ? or can (s)he ?

IMO, everyone is free to express their thoughts and the decisions should be taken judging each one of those thoughts, that’s what i believe in and that’s what i learned from Mozilla . I learned to value and respect contributor’s unique thoughts. I learned to be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if disagreements happen with some of what is being said. Because someone formed a community, we give them credit and a certain amount of respect. But that doesn’t literally mean that they should control everything, that’s why it’s called a community- free will and participation.

That’s the beauty and speciality of open communities, everyone’s opinions are taken into count and the opinions matter.

In my social network statement (facebook) – I expressed my grief and expressed my thought on quitting over Mozilla Bangladesh Community.

I quit on my own community because –

  • I felt my decisions , my thoughts , suggestions on community issues were being steam-rolled over or rather hijacked .
  • I saw people being blind followers forgetting the community practice and supporting wrong judgement out of devotion ? Or , I don’t know may be out of being more emotional than logical , may be ?
  • I fear of seeing more favouritism in empowering volunteers  and autocratic practice in this community.
  • I have seen the cycle of empowerment of volunteers by these leaders (except few)  which IMHO is not mozillian’s way to help out and guide. Here i am criticizing idea of operating the community, not people. Please don’t misinterpret .

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This problem haven’t raised over night but was brewing inside for a while . Thought it would be resolved but both team need to co-operate in order to resolve a matter . I have to admit with regret that each time i try to be open either i have received Knee-jerk contradiction or being treated as invisible Instead of being provided with reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Lastly I feel to be invisible in this community because neither my opinions nor my efforts to resolve  this issue are not being paid heed in last two months.

These leaders (except few) finally decided to pay heed (in my facebook statement) when i made a social statement of quitting on Mozilla Bangladesh community and that too in such a manner that is to responding to the post’s tone instead of its actual content and diverting the topic by changing it from my disagreement with autocracy to personal problems with someone from the community and blaming the whole community whereas i love my community !!

Thanks to Salman Rahman Desh ,  Md. Anisur Rahman , Shafiul Azam , Aniruddha Adhikary , my fellow womozs who cared and tried to resolve but it really doesn’t help much when you have problems at the root. I really appreciate the way the Mozilla staff and my fellow mozilla reps family members approached to me, even without knowing me personally (!) on my toughest days in my very own community.

I want to apologize for that statement in a social network ( facebook) but i needed to be heard and i was suffocating to some extent.

I want to sum it up saying , I still believe that situation can be improved in this community . I believe in mozilla’s mission and i shall continue promoting openness . I will fulfil my reps responsibilities and continue contributing , just may be with least possible dealings with community. I will surely guide my people and whoever reach out to me.

Last Piece of note for my dear community members :

(sorry for the knee jerk contradiction in this section of the blog but can’t help it . please ignore if you want.)
I may seem to be the Helen of troy to you now because you are blindfolded but i have observed and i have seen the community to be operated standing at the edge of it and that is why i ( trust me i am not alone in sensing it ) can sense what went wrong after Rahid’s demise. Please know that i have always loved my community and i have always loved you all. I will be there if you reach out to me . It’s been an honour to serve the community with you guyz beside me.

এমা ওয়াটসনের জাতিসংঘে প্রদত্ত ভাষণ (Emma Watson’s UN Speech)

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We have established localization in the heart of our contribution , to be honest i , myself am a localizer and have started contributing through localizing the webmaker UI . But even after promising , i couldn’t contribute in localizing this wonderful yet thoughtful speech of my one of the most favourite actress Emma Watson 😉 in the UN except for a few lines only as i am busy . So i forwarded the message of Larissa to my community and thanks to our awesome community lead Mahay Alam Khan , he lead and made the L10n done with the help of our awesome contributors just with in the blink of an eye.Special thanks goes to Seeam , Salman and other to get the job done . Indeed HeForShe!! 😉

The Bengali localized version of Emma Watson UN Speech is as follows –

গত ২০ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৪ তারিখে নিউইয়র্কে অবস্থিত জাতিসংঘের প্রধান কার্যালয়ে হিফরসি  উদ্যোগ নিয়ে বক্তব্য দেন জাতিসংঘের নারী বিষয়ক কার্যক্রমের শুভেচ্ছা দূত এমা ওয়াটসন। তার পূর্ণাঙ্গ বক্তব্য:

আজ আমরা ‘HeForShe’ নামের একটা প্রচারনা শুরু করেছি।

আমি আপনাদের কাছে এ বিষয়টি তুলে ধরতে চাই কারন আপনাদের সহযোগিতা প্রয়োজন। আমরা লিঙ্গ বৈষম্য দূর করতে চাই এবং এ কাজে সবার সহযোগিতা প্রয়োজন।এটা জাতিসংঘের জন্য প্রথম একটি উদ্যোগ: আমরা চেষ্টা করছি লিঙ্গ বৈষম্যের বিষয়টিকে সবার কাছে তুলে ধরতে। যতটা সম্ভব মানুষের মাঝে বিষয়টি ছড়িয়ে দিতে। এবং আমরা শুধু কথাই বলতে চাই না, বাস্তবে যাতে এ বৈষম্য দূর করা যায় সেটি নিশ্চিত করতে চাই।

আমাকে নিয়োগ দেয়া হয়েছে ছয় মাস আগে এবং যত বেশি আমি নারীবাদ নিয়ে কথা বলেছি, ততই আমি বুঝতে পেরেছি যে, নারী অধিকার নিয়ে লড়াই করা আর পুরুষ বিদ্বেষী হওয়া একই কথা। যদি আমি একটা বিষয় নির্দিষ্ট করে জানি, তবে তা হচ্ছে: এটাকে বন্ধ করতে হবে।

প্রমান হিসেবে, নারীবাদের সংজ্ঞা হচ্ছে: “একটি বিশ্বাস, যে নারী এবং পুরুষ উভয়ের সমান অধিকার এবং সুযোগ থাকা উচিত। এটা উভয়ের জন্য রাজনৈতিক, অর্থনৈতিক এবং সামাজিক সমতার মতবাদ”।

আমি আট বছর বয়স থেকেই লিঙ্গ-ভিত্তিক ধারনা সম্পর্কে প্রশ্ন করতে শুরু করি। আমাকে “নেত্রী” হিসেবে ডাকা হত এবং আমি এটা নিয়ে দ্বিধায় ছিলাম। কারন আমি চাইতাম, আমাদের অভিভাবকদের জন্য তৈরি করা নাটকের পরিচালক হতে– কিন্তু ছেলেরা চাইতো না।আমার বয়স যখন ১৪ তখন থেকেই মিডিয়া আমাকে যৌন আকর্ষক ভাবে উপস্থাপন করতে শুরু করে।

যখন আমার বয়স ১৫ তখন আমার মেয়েবন্ধুরা খেলাধুলা থেকে নিজেদের সরিয়ে নিল কারন তারা পেসিবুহুল হিসেবে নিজেদের উপস্থাপন করতে চাইল না। যখন ১৮ বছর বয়স আমার ছেলে বন্ধু তাদের অনূভুতি প্রকাশ করতে পারে নি।

আমি সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছিলাম যে আমি একজন নারীবাদী ছিলাম এবং এটা তখন আমার কাছে তেমন জটিল মনে হয়নি। কিন্তু আমার সাম্প্রতিক গবেষণা আমাকে দেখিয়েছে যে, নারীবাদ এখন একটি অপ্রচলিত শব্দ হয়ে গেছে।

আপাতদৃষ্টিতে আমি এমন পর্যায়ের মহিলাদের মধ্যে পড়ি, যাদের অভিব্যক্তিকে খুব শক্তিশালী, আক্রমণাত্মক, আলাদা, পুরুষ বিদ্বেষী এবং আকর্ষণশূন্য বলে মনে হয়। কেন শব্দটি এত অস্বস্থিকর?

আমি ব্রিটিশ নাগরিক এবং চিন্তা করতাম একজন নারী হিসেবে আমার পুরুষ বন্ধু যা পাচ্ছে আমার ও তাই পাবার  অধিকার আছে। আমি মনে করি যে  নারী হিসেবে  সিধান্ত নেবার অধিকার আমার আছে। আমি মনে করি আমার দেশের নারীরা দেশের পলিসি এবং সিদ্ধান্ত নেবার ক্ষেত্রে তাকে উচিত। আমি মনে করি সামাজিক ভাবে আমি সেই সম্মানেই পাই যা একজন পুরুষ পাচ্ছে। কিন্তু দুখের বেপার সারা দুনিয়ায় নারীরা এসব অধিকার পায় না।

কোন দেশই দাবি করতে পারবেনা যে, তারা লিঙ্গ বৈষম্য দূর করতে পেরেছে।

আমি ভাগ্যবান সেই অধিকারগুলো আমি পেয়েছিলাম যা আমি মানবাধিকার হিসাবে বিবেচনা করি। আমার জীবন কেবল বিশেষ অধিকারপ্রাপ্ত যে, আমার মা-বাবা মেয়ে বলে আমাকে কখনো কম ভালোবাসেনি। আমি মেয়ে বলে, আমার স্কুল আমাকে কখনো সীমাবদ্ধ করেনি। আমার প্রশিক্ষকরা কখনোই ভাবেননি, আমি হয়ত কম দূরে যেতে পারবো কারণ একদিন আমিও একটি সন্তান জন্ম দিবো। এই প্রভাব বিস্তারকারীরা লিঙ্গবৈষম্য দূত ছিলেন যারা আজকের আমিকে তৈরি করেছে। তারা হয়ত জানেওনা, কিন্তু অসতর্ক ভাবেই তারাও নারীবাদী ছিলেন। এবং আমাদের এরকম আরও অনেক কে দরকার। এবং এখনো যদি আপনি এই শব্দটি কে ঘৃণা করেন – এই শব্দ কে গুরুত্ব না দিয়ে বরং এর পিছনের চিন্তাধারা এবং উচ্চাকাঙ্ক্ষা কে গুরুত্ব দিন। ১৯৯৭ সালে হিলারি ক্লিনটন বেইজিং-এ নারী অধিকার নিয়ে একটি বিখ্যাত বক্তব্য উপস্থাপন করেছিলেন। তখন তিনি যা যা পরিবর্তন করতে চেয়েছিলেন, তা এখনো রয়ে গেছে।

তবে যেটা আমার বেশি চোখে লেগেছে যে, শ্রোতাদের মধ্যে মাত্র ৩০  শতাংশ ছিল পুরুষ। কিভাবে আমরা পরিবর্তন আনবো, যেখানে মাত্র অর্ধেক লোক এসেছে বা এরকম কথাবার্তায় নিজেদেরকে স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত মনে করছে? পুরুষগণ– আমি আপনাদের এই আনুষ্ঠানিক আমন্ত্রণটি সম্প্রসারিত করার সুযোগ গ্রহণ করতে চাই। লিঙ্গ সমতার সমস্যাটি আপনারও সমস্যা। কারন আজ পর্যন্ত, একজন সন্তান হিসেবে, সমাজ আমার বাবার একজন অভিভাবক হিসেবে ভূমিকার চেয়ে মায়ের ভূমিকাকে কম মূল্য দিয়েছে; যদিও তাদের দুজনেরই আমার জীবনে সমান প্রয়োজন রয়েছে।

আমি তরুণদেরকে দেখেছি মানসিক রোগে ভুগতে। তারা সাহায্য চাইতে পারেনি, কারন তারা ভয় পেত যে সাহায্য চাইলে তাদেরকে কাপুরুষ মনে করা হবে। এমনকি যুক্তরাজ্যে ২০-৪৯ বছর বয়সী পুরুষ মারা যায় আত্মহত্যার কারনে; যা সড়ক দুর্ঘটনা, ক্যান্সার এবং হৃদরোগের চেয়েও বেশি। আমি পুরুষদের দেখেছি যে, সফলতার সংজ্ঞার কারনে তারা কিভাবে ভঙ্গুর হয়ে যায়। পুরুষদের মধ্যেও সম অধিকার নেই।

সমাজের লিঙ্গবৈষম্যে দ্বারা শৃঙ্খলাবদ্ধ পুরুষদের নিয়ে আমরা খুব বেশি কথা বলি না কিন্তু আমি অনুভব করেছি তাদের সীমাবদ্ধতা এবং এটাও বুঝতে পেরেছি যে যখন তারা এই শৃঙ্খল থেকে মুক্ত হবে তখন স্বভাবতই নারিরাও মুক্ত হবে । যদি পুরুষ মাত্রই আক্রমনাত্মক নাও হতে পারে তাহলে নারী মাত্রই নতমস্তক নহে । যদি পুরুষদের নিয়ন্ত্রণ করার প্রয়োজন না থাকে তাহলে নারীদেরও নিয়ন্ত্রিত হওয়ার আবশ্যকতা দেখি না ।

পুরুষ এবং মহিলা উভয়কেই মুক্ত মনে করা উচিত। পুরুষ এবং মহিলা উভয়কেই শক্তিশালী মনে করা . বিপরীতধর্মী শ্রেণী হিসাবে না দেখে দুইটি লিঙ্গকে একই বর্ণালিতে ফেলে দেখার সময় হয়েছে। যদি আমরা যা নই, তা দিয়ে আমাদের সংজ্ঞায়িত করা বন্ধ করি এবং আমরা সত্যিই যা, তা হিসেবে সংজ্ঞায়িত করতে শুরু করি, তাহলে আমরা আরও স্বাধীন হতে পারবো এবং এজন্যই HeForShe। এটা মুক্তির জন্য , স্বাধীনতার জন্য।

আমি চাই পুরুষেরা তাদের মজ্জার মধ্যে এটি ধারণ করুক , জাতে তাদের কন্যা , বোন এবং মায়েরা এই কুসংস্কার মুক্ত হতে পারেন এবং একই সাথে তাদের পুত্রদেরকে নিরাপদ ও মানবিক রাখার জন্যও – তাদের হারিয়ে যাওয়া স্বত্ত্বাকে তারা যেন খুঁজে পান এবং এভাবে যেন সার্থক ও স্বয়ংসম্পূর্ণ হয়ে উঠেন ।

আপনি চিন্তা করতে পারেন এই হ্যারি পটার এর মেয়ে টি কে? এবং সে জাতিসংঘের মঞ্চে কি করছে। এটি একটি ভালো প্রশ্ন এবং বিশ্বাস করুন আমি নিজেও নিজেকে জিজ্ঞাসা করছি এই একি কথা। আমি জানি না যদি আমি এখানে যোগ্যতাসম্পন্ন হই কিনা। আমারা সবাই জানি যে আমি এই সমস্যার ব্যাপারে যত্নশীল। এবং আমি এটি আরও ভালো করতে চাই এবং আমি  যখন দেখি তখন দেখি এবং সুযোগ পাই আমি মনে করি এটা আমার দায়িত্ত যে আমি কিছু বলি। ইংলিশ  এডমন্ড বুরক বলেনঃ “প্রকৃতপক্ষে খারাপ সকল স্বত্তার বিজয়কে নিশ্চিত করার জন্য কিছু ভাল নারী ও পুরুষের নিষ্ক্রিয় থাকাই যথেষ্ট ।”

এই বক্তৃতার জন্য আমার বিচলতা এবং আমার সন্দেহের সময়ে আমি নিজেকে দৃঢ় ভাবে বলেছি – যদি আমি না, তাহলে কে, যদি এখন না হয়, তাহলে কখন। যদি আপনার সামনে ঠিক একই সন্দেহ আসে যখন আপনার হাতে সুযোগ আছে, আমি আশা করবো আমার কথাগুলো আপনার জন্য সহায়ক হবে।

কারণ বাস্তবতা হচ্ছে এখনো যদি আমরা কিছু না করি তাহলে হয়ত ৭৫ বছর, কিংবা আমার মতে প্রায় একশ বছর লাগবে নারীদের একই কাজে পুরুষের সমান বেতন আশা করতে। ১৫.৫ মিলিয়ন কন্যা পরবর্তী ১৬ বছরে বাল্যবিবাহের স্বীকার হবে। এবং এই বর্তমান হারে ২০৮৬ সালের আগে সকল আফ্রিকান মেয়ের পক্ষে মাধ্যমিক শিক্ষা গ্রহন সম্ভব নয়। আপনি যদি সমতায় বিশ্বাস করেন, তাহলে আপনি তাদের মধ্যে একজন যারা অসাবধানী নারীবাদী আমি অাগেই ব্যক্ত করেছি এবং এইজন্য আমি আপনাকে সাধূবাদ জানাই।

আমরা একটি সংঘবদ্ধ শব্দের জন্য সংগ্রাম করছি কিন্তু ভাল খবর আমাদের সংঘবদ্ধ আন্দোলন আছে। এটা বলা হয় হিফরসি। আমি আপনাদের এগিয়ে আসার আমন্ত্রন জানাচ্ছি, দেখা হবে উচ্চকন্ঠে বলুন,

এবং জিজ্ঞাসা করুন নিজেকে যদি আমি না তাহলে কে ? যদি এখন না তাহলে কখন ?

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My Polestar Rahid Hasan

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I really wasn’t a genius from the very begging but a noob . I couldn’t even write blogs , actually i didn’t feel the need to write that’s why may be i never tried. One day a very friendly person with a very very bright smile asked me if i can write one to share my first ever organized womoz event’s experience with everyone and i was like , who ? me?! but i never wrote one before ! He just smiled and said , “you can write one now and soon you will be writing better blogs than mine , trust me ; GO for it ! “. I never thought that  i will be writing a blog on that person recalling his memories so soon.

I really lacked knowledge about open web let alone FOSS . He was one of the few persons who taught me everything brick by brick , starting from norms of irc , mailing lists  to mozilla mission , womoz , mozilla Bangladesh community and so on.  He would laugh on my foolish decisions (trust me i used to make many) , critic on my works , been a shield for me  ,  gave me suggestions , show me the correct path , praise me on my success , scold me when necessary  , when i got upset he would come and just be his normal laughing  and charming  self again to cheer me up . He had his confidence in me which i didn’t have and he made me realize that i can do amazing things too !

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He was an ACM Student Member , an iOS developer , a treasured mentor and of course an enthusiastic and one of the senior-most Mozillians here in Bangladesh, he was apps-development task force lead of Bangladesh. Always being humble  he would always introduce himself as a mozillian . The way he contributed always amazed me and encouraged me to do more and  do better.

He was one of the pioneer to spread the mozilla Bangladesh community out of the capital city and fired up the port city Chittagong  . Chittagong mozillians have a vibrant community now.  He was both popular among the local and global community of mozillians and the incident of his demise touched every mozillians of Bangladesh community.

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Rahid Hasan taught me community , mozilla Bangladesh family , valuing each  unique perspective , friendships , sharing visions , putting our differences aside to fight for a greater and better cause , mozilla reps family and so on.  I was shaken from inside on his passing away  and needed time to get a grip because i felt like getting orphan. Yes , i  still  have my fellow mozillians , brothers – sisters , awesome reps family , fellow womozs with me but he was indeed a father to me in this community and no matter whatever happens, his vacant place can never be filled.  Now i just pray to almighty so that he may grant me the blessing to carry out his teachings and i can give incredible gifts to the world.

If i am to quote about my inspiration i would definitely say ,

“Legends don’t die , they just become eternal”

 

Mozilla Foundation Booth@Digital World 2014

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Well i’m not sure anymore which mozexperiance to estimate higher now ! Mozilla Foundation booth in Digital World 2014 (i.e. BASIS Soft Expo) was an experience of a lifetime ! But most importantly I felt proud to represent Mozilla Foundation in this expo as a mozillian.

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The expo lasted from 4th June , 2014 upto 7th June , 2014 . But the preparations for the Mozilla Foundation booth started long ago. I wasn’t able to participate in the prep but yes got the opportunity to volunteer for the booth along with some awesome mozillians !

On the first day i reached the venue at 4 PM and to my utter surprise i discovered that our stall was already houseful in that exhibit hall ! I helped out my fellow mozillians with the crowd , we discussed on necessary components that are needed to be included and enlisted those in the etherpad , had a quick discussion over our activity and the whole procedure ,

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Few Moments of Day # 1 From Digital World 2014 @ Mozilla Foundation Booth

calculated our mistakes and formed our information pattern that are being provided to the visitors. We were able to get developers attraction from the very first day which was really surprising. Came  across some cool geeks , developers , users , keen learners , moms , dads and who not ! We had to wrap up at 8 PM for that day.

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Few Moments of Day # 2 From Digital World 2014 @ Mozilla Foundation Booth

On the second day , we displayed MaKey MaKey photo booth using web RTC and it really created a buzz –  starting from  kids to officials ! Our stall was evenly crowded for the demonstration of Firefox OS on second day as well and on top of that the  MaKey Makey  surprise ! There was such a great crowd that we had to change our plan by getting decentralized from the booth and reaching out to the visitors to attend each one of them which was our top most priority.

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Few Moments of Day #3 & 4 From Digital World 2014 @ Mozilla Foundation Booth

The third and forth day had the same scenario . Crazy crowed , interest in Firefox OS , Developers gathering and what not ?! Our SuMo worriers supported them , developers helped out the geeks , we tried to aware them about  open web , maintaining web standards , data privacy , safe browsing  and lots more.

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                                        Visitors’ Feedback Collection

All in all the expo went better than what we’d expected . We didn’t think that just with our bare voice and plane blue background , we would be able to catch the visitors’ attraction !!  Got tons of visitors’ feedback  and became the hottest topic of the Expo !

We were able to attract the developer society , we successfully reached to the mass feature phone user , preached web users that individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional, tried to articulate a vision for the Internet that users want the Mozilla Foundation to pursue and  last but not the least made Firefox OS ❤  talk of the town !

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                                                      Jan Jongboom in Developer’s Con.

Our Firefox OS contributor Jan Jongboom spoke at Digital World  about Internet for all and the many opportunities that lie in Firefox OS . After his session he gave away four geeksphone peak in the audience who asked questions about Firefox OS . Wish i had asked one too !! 😉

It really was a successful attempt and the people who worked behind ( Mahay Alam Khan , Solaiman Alam , Zobayer Ahmed Khan , Salman Rahman Desh , Ashickur Rahman , Rabbi Hossain , Tapu Afrad , Shafiul Azam ChowdhurySafwan RahmanDelta Ashfaq , Belayet Hossain , OS Shubho , RIfaz , AniruddhaHerockAshkary , Wahidduzzaman Hridoy , Sunnat , Rahid Hasan )  worth a salute for this !! We were really upset that the expo ended and wished that it’d lasted a bit longer . Hope that the fox would make more noise then ever in the next BASIS Digital World 2015 😀

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  See ya soon with more MozAction in next  BASIS Digital World Expo 2015  !!

Hashtag : #MozBASIS   | Photos of Day 1 can be found here | Photos of Day 2 can be found here | Photos of Day 3 can be found here | photos of Day  4 can be found here  and here .

Special Thanks to Ishak Herock , Shafiul Azam Chowdhury and Ashkary Rahman for some awesome clicks !!

CTG Womoz Tech Fest ……. A giant leap for WoMoz Bangladesh !

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So far the experiences that i have gathered volunteering for mozilla , had never been so awesome . Probably what i experienced  on 23rd may , 2014 can be counted amongst the best times  i had in my life ! And why it won’t be ? We actually took one step further to aware and inspire female folks of our community to come out of the cocoon and make a difference in the statistics of FOSS and techs.

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I thought out of the CTG WoMoz Tech Fest initiative early in February when i was an FSA and really wasn’t aware if an event like this would be possible to arrange . Details can be found here . I planned it a bit big  actually , Thinking of an National all female App day and hack day where women through out the country would participate but there was a bit dilemma as our initiative Womoz BD was very new. So we separated the plan into major divisional tech fests which was planned to be initiated with CTG Womoz Tech Fest.

The earlier date of CTG Womoz Tech Fest was finalized to be on 11th April , 2014 in association with Asian University for Women . But late on we were informed by the club leads and local mozillian community that they have exam scheduled as well as mine . details can be found here . So we were compelled to re-schedule the date on 23rd May , 2014  thinking of the local community members . But AUW remains close during the period May – August that’s why we needed to re-locate the venue to Chittagong Independent University (CIU) . CIU proposal letter detail can be found here .

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~~~~~~  Volunteer’s Meet-Ups  on 11th April and 12th May , 2014 ~~~~~~

We had three volunteer’s meet-ups to plan and distribute duties of volunteers.  The first volunteer meet-up was held on 11 th April , 2014 entitled “Open Q/A MozHour and CTG Womoz Tech Fest volunteer meet-up#1” . Then the second volunteer meet-up was scheduled on 12th May , 2014  entitled “CTG Womoz Tech Fest Volunteer Meet-up #2 ” for reassessment and  discussion on success scenario  of the duties assigned  and calculation of the tasks pending etc . We executed our promotional activities by postering , launching promotional video and inviting 20 reputed educational institutions of Chittagong (CTG)   from 15 th May , 2014 to 20 th May , 2014 . The final meet – up was planned on 22nd May  when we finally checked and cross checked all the PCs of the labs , checked power supplies , ensured power back ups , have the new firefox , firefox OS Simulator , ADB installed in them beforehand to ensure a congenial environment for the participants. Our local FSAs Raju Meaji , Towfique Anam Rine , Navid Ahsan volunteered for this task. We also distributed the tasks of the volunteers and supplied them their duty regulation chart with event plan . Our App dev TF lead Rahid Hasan gave a general overview to the field facilitator volunteers  of App train session and webmaker session . You can find the details in the respective blogs  linked up.

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Our community lead with a few invited guests

 

FINALLY 23rd May , 2014 came , more than hundred female participants from 18 different educational institutions including Universities , schools , colleges  came together to hack the web using open standards ! Chittagong Independent University’s Proctor  Rashid Ahmed Chowdhury , lecturer of CSE faculty Mohammed Arif Hasnayeen and MD. Mahmudur Rahman from International Islamic University Chittagong  ,  Lecturer Nayan Debnath from Port City International University , Lecturer of CSE and EEE faculty Sanjida Sharmin and Samiul Alam from University of Science and Technology Chittagong , lecturer of CSE faculty Priyam Biswas from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology were present to encourage our participants.

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Participant’s crowed at registration confirmation booth

We opened the registration line for the participants in April , 2014 and marked the finishing line to be on 20th May, 2014 . During this period over 260 registrations were received but due to having limited seats we couldn’t accommodate all  and thus followed first come first served method in selecting participants . Participants were confirmed in two phases . We contacted them over phone first , then we sent out confirmation and instruction mail to the participants with full event plan , session details .

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Check-in going on !

 

The selected and confirmed participants  started reporting in the check in booth  from 8:30 AM  which continued up to 9 :30 AM . There they collected their breakfast , guidance and direction . The whole process of participant selection and participant confirmation was lead by our awesome womoz volunteers Naima Sultana , Sumi Khatun and Rahima Siddiqa Zimmeem .

 

 

 

The Keynote (common session ) started at sharp 10 AM where Chittagong Independent University proctor and teachers from other participating universities gave short speech . As a female mozilla reps i gave the audience a brief overview concentrating  on the event background and womoz Bangladesh.

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~~ Moments from Morning Session and  an interactive session with participants ~~

Later on Mozilla Bangladesh community lead Mahay Alam Khan gave an elaborate overview on open source , mozilla , mozilla’s mission , mozilla’s pathways , mozilla Bangladesh community in his key note speech .

 

Keynote Speech session was followed by the Demo Booth and Photo Booth Session.  Starting from 12 PM to 1 PM .

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~~ Few Captured Moments from the Demo and Photo Booth ~~

We displayed and demonstrated Firefox OS powered Geeksphones KEON and PEAK in the Demo booth . But in the photo booth we used Web RTC to click instant photos which created a buzz in the crowed ! Find more photos in the flickr album below .

 

Then we had a prayer break and lunch break . After that we started our two technical sessions  parallely . More than 70 participants participated in webmaler session . This session was lead by Mahay Alam Khan . Local FSAs Imtiaz Noor Peal , Ananda Das , Akramul Haque Yeasin , Shamsuzzaman Sadi helped out the participants as field facilitators.

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~~~~~~~~~   Few Moments from Webmaker Session   ~~~~~~~~~

The participants of this sessions were given the ideas of basic concepts of web , the way we’re trying to convert the web users into web makers ,  concept of using webmaker tools . Later on they remixed some makes using thimble ,  had fun learning with x-ray googles and popcorn maker.

Another session was on Firefox OS app train which was lead by Rahid Hasan . Over thirty participants participated in this session . Our field facilitator volunteers  Towfique Anam Rine , Porag Das and Nafiul Pantha helped out the participants .  The participants were given ideas on how to develop a firefox OS app , the prerequisites to develop one , WEB APIs , Firefox Marketplace etc .

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~~~~~ Moments From Firefox OS app Train Session ~~~~~

After successful accomplishment of the technical sessions we provided them with some cool swags (i.e. Firefox logo t-shirts , wrist bands , webmaker  t-shirts , stickers , badges etc). All the participants were really excited and happy to receive those swags !!

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On receiving cool Swags and T-Shirts !

Then with the evening snacks we concluded the whole event in the wrap up session. The impact of this tech fest is not just finished yet with this time frame but it will measurably increases women’s confidence and knowledge in open technology and culture cautioning them about their privacy in web – in an environment that more often pushes women towards the door. Also it  both empowered  young  women in our country to take up the challenge and gave them some primary idea to get started with .

Participants wishing "Good Luck" for CTG Womoz Tech Fest !!

Participants wishing “Good Luck” for CTG Womoz Tech Fest !!

Enthusiasm of the participants was praise worthy . Later on in the interactive part of the wrap up session participants expressed their thought on carrying on the open web loving trend among them .  We were able to recruited more womozes , created a womoz buzz in the region , made them aware of our path ways  and  mozilla’s mission , tools promotion.  In a word we achieved our success metrics quite well ; better then we expected actually !

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~~~~~~~~  People who made it possible and worked relentlessly behind ~~~~~~~~

When I initiated the plan of  divisional tech fests leading  to all female national appathon i knew a little and wasn’t  sure if this was even possible to accomplish . Lots of uncertainties , problems and issues were there to deal with . Even at a point i got demoralized that “let it be … i can’t do this” but thanks to our community lead  Mahay Alam Khan and local reps Rahid Hasan , Ashickur Rahman Noor , Mashkawat Ahsan , Tanha Islam , Belayet Hossain , Shafiul Azam , Aniruddha Adhikary  , Ratul Minhaz  who helped me a lot through out the journey to organize such an event as a kick start . The enthusiasm and support of CTG’s local mozillians and FSAs Fahria Kabir , Nishat Rihana , Romana Momtaz ,  Rakibul Hasan , Towfique Anam Rine , Shamsuzzaman Sadi , Abdul Mannan Asif , Porag Das ,  Navid Ahsan , Raju Meaji , Shahadat Hossain Riyad , Farhana Tonni ,  Naima Sultana , Nafiul Pantha , Akramul Yeasin , Sakir Sazzad , Tanvir Chowdhury , Muslim Uddin Sumon , Roman , Sumi Khatun , Tahmina , Farzana Iqbal , Zimmeem were really praise worthy too.

At the end of the day if i am to summarize “CTG Womoz Tech Fest” then i would definitely say that CTG Womoz Tech Fest is the name of  combined effort of  dedicated mozillians of Mozilla  Bangladesh community  to make a difference rather than anyone’s personal achievement . ” WoMoz ” which’s an initiative to Mozilla is a movement to us . #CtgWomozTechFest

 

Our Event Hash Tag : #CtgWomozTechFest  | Newspaper Coverage [1]  here |Newspaper Coverage [2] here | Blog post from one of the  volunteers [3]  here |Blog Post from one of the participants [4] here  | A few participants Response [5]  here     | Link to the Photo Album : [6] CTG Womoz Tech Fest Flickr Album | Event Detail [7] Here in Reps Event Portal | One of the developed apps [8] here.

And that’s not just it , keep the hash tag (#CtgWomozTechFest) in mind and see the updated outcomes of CTG womoz Tech Fest cause we’ll be having one post event online session of CTG WoMoz Tech Fest .Upcoming : Hope to update you with Dhaka Womoz Tech Fest soon embedding updated features and event agendas ! #DHKWomozTechFest

Stay Tuned !!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CTG WoMoz Tech Fest Volunteer Meet-up #2

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10294517_10203763897243395_8567311118741553660_nWe had our second CTG WoMoz Tech Fest volunteer meet-up on 12th May , 2014 after the maker party at PCIU campus arranged by PCIU Fx Club. We focused over our plans , calculated and enlisted the jobs to be done , took reports on the advancements of the task assigned etc. We got our poster designer Md. Alamin Mir  fixed , poster design finalized and our reps Rahid Hasan printed and mailed them to us. We divided the posters among the Fx Club leads of CTG and kept a few for the promotional activities in schools and colleges.

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Official Poster of CTG WoMoz Tech Fest Designed by Md. Alamin Mir

So far our achieved accomplished tasks are :

  1. Contacted with our other female reps Tanha Islam to come over  but she’s unable to join because of her advising sessions at university.
  2. We Finalized the venue and got official written clearance from the authority.
  3. Finalized the confirmed volunteers list which will be published soon .
  4. Got the promotional activities (poster designer , design , target institutions finalized)  started .
  5. Sent out the invitation letters to the University professors , lecturers and they’ll receive it starting from the coming Sunday.
  6. Drafted the whole event agenda and started participant’s confirmation over phone calls. After that they’ll soon be mailed.

You can check out the event details here for further details check the mozilla Bangladesh mailing list archives .