AngelHack 2013

That was really cool when Mozilla had represented it as a part of AngelHack 2013 in Hyderabad.
Worried what Angelhack is? Know about it here:

AngelHack is a premier developer marketing agency, which offers comprehensive marketing programs to enhance existing corporate initiatives around developer relations, developer marketing, startup outreach, and the creation of developer ecosystems. Specialized in hackathons and innovation events, they have thrown over 100 events in 35 cities operating in 25 countries. The flagship event is our Global Hackathon competition, bringing together 10,000+ developers each time.

Reps portal Link:
Hashtag link: #AngelHackHYD

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Event page:
Facebook page:
Twitter Handle: @AngelHackHYD

Event category falls under Firefox OS, Business Development, Coding, Developer Tools, Relations, Technical Evangelism, User Engagement and Research.

Day 1:

The first day started off with lots of fun at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Hyderabad. I never actually had felt the environment around, as a Hackathon. Which Hackathon would actually start off with a guy who mimicked a 'premier guy', a bollywood-desi dance and a a Yoga stunts?

The spiderman presenting his idea at the AngelHack

We have represented on behalf of Mozilla at the Angelhack Hyderabad. Mozillains including Alagundala Sai Kiran, Kashish Singhal, Saikiran ChandhaVineel Reddy, Soumya Deb, Srikar Ananthula

Vineel representing Mozilla at the Angelhack

Deb, on action

 Has anyone seen Deb without a camera strap round his neck? No, never! :)

Hackathon started off at 13:00 after lunch. People started coding and building Apps for different Operating systems like Windows, Blackberry and Android. We represented on behalf of HTML5 and Firefox OS and gave a brief talk on Firefox OS. Many volunteers had turned up and started questioning about Firefox OS.

We had few developer previews of Geekphones and a stable ZTE version of Firefox OS which were passed on among the hardcore developers. It's good to know that people felt really comfortable developing apps with Firefox since they do not need a third party application software like Visual Studio for Windows or Eclipse for Android.

Boot camps at Angelhack:

1. Android Bootcamp:

We had similar bootcamps on Windows as well as for Blackberry. It actually helped people how to start off.

Quite a large number of developers started off from the very scratch. This was a 48 hours hackathon. Find more sleepy- deepy pics here:

After a day, we had to code all the night. People were really tired and then, we ought to know Redbull  was the sponsor :D

More event pics here:

 Deb presenting a talk on the Firefox OS and calling up participants who wish to work with developing aps for Firefox OS.

Participants on behalf of Mozilla at the AngelHack Hyderabad Venue.

Karmin Klauschie, offering a cup cake.

 Participant, coding at the AngelHack!

* We had a great chance to promote Firefox OS. Many were interested coding and developing apps on HTML.
* Proposals for two app days in Hyderabad.
* 5-6 Apps to be pushed into Marketplace too.
* Very good Inter-community relations were developed with the entrepreneurs and other organizations. Great to hear that offcially, AngelHack would be coordinating with Mozilla in cities like Pune, Cochin annd Mumbai.

Community Building

Event name: Community Building at Punjab

Event Link:

What is Community Building?

Community Building is developing authentic relationships between people. The word authentic is extremely important because people rarely communicate authentically. 

Why Community Building at Punjab?

Punjab is the state where there is less presence of OpenSource importance or Mozilla. This Community building ensures that it would add up the Tech culture. And a work-together and formation of an emotionally relating group of people. 

Why not an event at a college? Why Community building?

Well, conducting events is enough. We fly distances and conduct an event. We recruit 2-3 contributors among the 500 crowd which is actually useless and unworthy. Meeting metrics is an important metric infact. 


I have mentored remotely, few Techies from Punjab. They had been doing really great for the past 5-6 months. They were responsible for the Webmaker events which happened  in the Punjab. They have recruited 10-15 contributors and now Community building  adds up the spirits how to be a sustainable recruiter of people. 

What do we do at Community Building?

  1. Self transcending 
  2. Better results than the individual events on psychotherapeutic analysis.
  3. Permits the squashed, the hidden, inner person to emerge for the first time. Outspoken qualities. 
  4. This is a intimacy, spontaneity and a honest training.


I believe in Tuckman's process of CB:

  • Forming
  • Storming
  • Norming
  • Performing  


This is another unique aspect of community building. It is nothing but, 'make it easy'. Infact Community building is not a workshop, a session or an easy task. It's a struggle! 

  • Where is the group as a whole?
  • What is going on with each individual in the group?
  • What is going on with my co-facilitator?
  • Where am I and what is going on with me?
I am very much confidant and answerable to all these points. \o/ 


 Just that it's late night and my head hurts.. Concluding this post. 

My travel to the Summit2013

How do I start? Say, Travel!

My Travel:

My travel started off from Trichy, my friend had to drop me to airport! Poor guy! Thanks to Manoj, though :)

Ain't that fast...

Now is that, I have reached the airport! Ohh baby, Yeah.. Jet Konnekt's waiting!

A flight for 8 travelers from Trichy to Chennai. Economic enough ;)

Boarded and I had a surprise! 
Not a huge one though :/

And here comes the actual surprise. I had opened my itinerary to check my flight from Chennai to Dubai, wow 7 hours long to wait. Okay, Awesome! 
I'm lucky enough, found Sunny GoGoGoel from Chennai with a Mozilla T. Asked him if he was travelling to the Summit, Yes he actually is! I found a travel partner. 
We actually window shopped this: 

No worries, we have rich bastards :) 

Poor guy, hadn't slept till 3:30 AM while I laid on my luggage as I was on vodka. Thanks man, you woke me up else I would have been in the airport for 6 more hours.
Boarded the beautiful Emirates :) 
Yeh jawani hai deewani made my travel all the way long to Dubai, thanks to the Movie makers for making me stay awake. Movie sucks, though! Liked the music. *Hums* > Kabira < 

Here comes these ladies who are just perfect to tell you to fasten your seat belts. Okay, I obey Sophie!
And voila, safe in Dubai! :)

  You don't know Arabic, here I read for you: Dubai International - Terminal 1

What would be the first thing to do? Foursquare checkin! B-) Ohh yeah, 21 points said Srikar! 
Met all my Indian, Bangladesh and Srilankan friends here for the first time. Happy! And now I see this baby while passing through the security check. Security check > My name is Khan, I'm not a terrorist
I didn't say that though!

My name is Emirates, I'm Boeing 777

Now is that back to back! WorldWar Z, DDLJ, Grand Masti. Later coined away, couldn't hold my sleep no longer. It was a 16 hour flight. 

Alright, I just traveled for 10 hours :/

In the mean, Chit posted this: 

How awesome!

Travel, travel, travel and TRAVEL! I reached SFO. 
Finally to my right, I have the huge friggin city of San Francisco. 

I step right, I have my city! :)

Mozilla Summit 2013

Day 1 of the Summit started with Welcome Note by Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe. The Keynote talk on “What makes Mozilla 'Mozilla'” was by Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation followed by another talk on Envisioned Future State by Brendan Eich which was  a presentation about their long term, project wide, stretch goals. The next was Our World Fair, which was a way for participants to showcase where they come from and/or what they are doing and for others to connect and build bridges to learn more. About 20-30 countries including India participated in World Fair.
The other topics of subsequent talks were Building a Web Literate World by Sandraghassen Subbaraya Pillai, Ankit Gadgil, Vineel Reddy Pindi, Benny Chandra, Faye Tandog, Christos Bacharakis, Lawrence Kisuuki, What does "Mozillian" mean by Sujith Reddy, Alex Lakatos, and, Firefox OS in 2014 and beyond By Sandip Kamat, Christian Heilmann.

Day 2 started with welcome note by Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe. There were various talks followed by the Innovation Fair. The Innovation Fair is a way for participants to showcase what they are working on. The focus is on products and technology, current or future. Like the World Fair, the Innovation Fair is a way to connect with other Mozillians who may be interested in getting involved with your project.
Among the talks that followed thence were One and Done by Parul Mathur, Level Up with Firefox Student Ambassadors! by Vineel Reddy Pindi, and Strategies of industry players and competing effectively by Irina Sandu, Sandip Kamat. It was then time for World Fare Dinner, a sit-down, buffet dinner featuring chef's choice of foods from around the world.

Mozilla Summit 2013 Day 3 started with a welcome note. Among the talks that followed were Turning Ideas into Action by Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe, Designing your project for participation by Benjamin Kerensa, Soumya Deb, Product Opportunities in the Cloud by Toby Elliott, Vishy Krishnamoorthy, Mozilla Reps: How to be more awesome Community Builders by Vineel Reddy Pindi, Galaxy Kadiyala, Amir Aharoni, Culture Pulse: Values Action Plan by Dino Anderson, Plato's Cave: Data At Mozilla by Saptarshi Guha, David Zeber, Economic Justice, Mozilla, and the Trans Pacific Partnership by Eitan Isaacson, Diversity Identity Core Engagement by Dino Anderson, Mozilla IT by Ashish Vijayaram, Security Tools by Patil Kailas Ravsaheb, and Waartaa by Ratnadeep Debnath.

Webmaking and Firefox OS App Days at VIT University

Webmaking at VIT University

To be honest, this event is planned almost a half year ago where I met Kashish Singhal at the Pengufest in NIT Trichy. This is a two day event where:

Day 1:

  • Open Source Software and Importance
  • A hands on Web-Making Session.
  • Hack with Thimble, Popcorn and X-Ray Goggles 
  • Fun with Webmaking

Ankit Gadgil had taken over Webmaking where he had done an awesome job with icebreaking sessions and creating awareness and educating the participants about Webmaker. 

Srikar Ananthula spoke about WebFWD and I'm sure his inbox is flooded again from entrepreneurs.

Day 2:

  • Introduction to Firefox OS.
  • Basics in Developing the App.
  • Creating a sample App.
  • Hackathon Session where the participants Develop Apps.
  • Market Place submission.
Though we hadn't had a chance to expect apps at marketplace, we had a chance to introduce HTML and it's importance on the second day.

Many showed up interest and started questioning about the ways of getting involved among the community. A good healthy Club was formed in the University.

 Club Members and Organizers from VIT University

Rohith Sunkari and Amiti Dave showing off their Webmaker T shirts!

Many participants have come up with lots of questions on how to start contributing to Mozilla.


Letting people know what WebFWD is..

I should thank Meraj for getting this banner all the way long from his place to Bangalore!

More images:

Evangelism Reps Training by: Chris Heilmann, Robert Nyam and Ali Spivak

Event Page:

* Train Mozilla India Evangelism reps to become better speakers
* Firefox OS demo & DocSprint training

MakerParty in Bangalore 2013

Event Link:

Event hashtag: #makerparty #makerpartyBLR 

Maker hacks:

About the event:

Hive India promotes experiential learning through the interests of young people and the creative use of digital media. The Hive India is an attempt to map and empower a community of educators and creative people who share a passion to innovate, evolve and change the learning landscape.

Brief version:

Michelle Thorne from Mozilla had been the host. 35 Webmaker mozillians had attended the event. 10 external partners had supported the event. Created a trend among the social networking channels. Vikas clicked a million pics. Finally, Dron missed his flight :-P

Long Version:

This was a two day event. On the first day it was 'train the trainers' where all the webmaking enthusiasts were trained by the supermentors.

Day 1:

Later the participants were asked to write up what they wanted to learn from this event on sticky notes.


Supermentors trained the participants with the tools Thimble, Popcorn and X-Ray goggles and as a part of it, Gautham taught how to bake Popcorn with cooker :-P 

Later in the evening, participants were asked to come up with the hacks which were listed on this etherpad link. My play with Popcorn was very simple, on Gautham. 

We had dinner in Chutney Chang with Michelle at the night and was completely digested when we walked 2 kms back to hotel.


Facilitating with the partners, the participants in the hive had been real busy on the second day. We had real technical partners, belonging to ReddRobotics, 3Ding, Roboinventions,Dhruvaspace,Cycloidsystem, Niche,, Bibox, Simplelabs,Arduino.

Each partner had done their best and were very supportive. The interesting was a Quad-copter from ReddRobotics. 3D printers were also fascinated in the Hive. 

At the end, we had this brainstorming session where the participants were asked to let everyone know what they have learned from the makerparty and how it could be a better makerparty the upcoming year. 

More pics about the event:

Firefox Flicks from MozIgnite event- Vizag

Following up the previous post, The MozIgnite event which was a stellar. The participants have come up with a Flicks video too, which was screened and the Flicks swag was distributed. Hurray! B)

The concept involved is very simple. The theme as known always is upon the Firefox OS Mobile and how handy it comes when you were lost in a place where it's tough for the mobile to pull signals.

"Believe me or not, this Flick is taken in just 3 hours and post-processed for an hour", proudly said the University students.

 Selection of background is important, chose a lonely place on the beach-side

 A long way to move on.. :\

Lost in woods. Lucky me, I have the Geek's phone! ;)

Sounds interesting? The Flick would be made public on 26th of July 2013, stay tuned! :)

MozIgnite- Vizag in GITAM University

== Short Version ==

The event was huge than we have expected. Over 630 participants and 8 Mozillians had attended. Featured in the 2 local media channels and 3 National Newspapers. Had 2 requests from other colleges in Andhra Pradesh for AppDays and Webmaking. 3 events on Webmaking were added on the events page at Webmaker. Created awareness about Mozilla and OpenSource for the first time in Vizag, with that number of participants.

== Full Version ==


Visakhapatnam city with a population of 2M, being the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh state, there is no real awareness of Mozilla and other Open Source Software. The venue was in the Gitam University[1][2] which was the top 15th college in Private sector in India.


The goal was to let people know about what OpenSources are and familiarizing’em all with it. For the first time in Vizag, ‘MozIgnite’ helped to break the box and recruit contributors for the projects involved. Also, included a sample app development and introduction to Firefox OS.


The event went very smooth. Starting off by 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM we had various discussions on the topics such as:

Open Source and Importance
Mozilla Story, Mission and it’s other Software
The Firefox Affiliate contest.
SuMo hands-on session
Firefox Flicks Contest.
Localization and NeMo
Webmaker with Thimble, Popcorn and X-Ray goggles
Sample App-Dev session for Firefox OS


We have expected attendees 300 in number and surprisingly, about 600 turned to the event. Attendees were mostly from the CSE and IT Departments from the University. Firefox Ambassadors who are registered from various other parts and colleges from Vizag have also attended which were about 6 in number have attended.


Meraj Imran
Vikas Burri
Akhil Chowdary
Anjali Dasari
Sandhyuth Polisetti
Chaitanya Sravanth


The poster of Firefox OS which said ‘Blaze your own path’ is set up at the entrance of University where there is almost 10,000 population float everyday.


SuMo contributers- 5

Had a hands on session with the participants where they seemed to be interested on SuMo. Few started off with it in the Lunch time.

Firefox Student Ambassadors – 50

This metric is important and is FILLED. Including few teaches have also signed up for the program.

Proposal for Webmaking Event and Firefox App Days

A webmaking event is being done in the same University on August 20th. A proposal for App Days at NIT Warangal and the event would be on 17th and 18th of August.

Featured in 2 newspapers and a Rep interview in Times of India


Flicks Videos:

Amazingly the participants have come up with 2 flicks which were taken in 3 hours+1 hour editing it. The links shall be posted up in the follow up mail.

== PHOTOS ==

Please find the images of the event here:


Hashtags on facebook and twitter: #mozignite_vizag,  

P.S : Inspired by Kerala App Days event report.

Firefox OS App Days [at] Kochi, Kerala

That awesome day on 22nd of JUne had finally turned out and YEAH it was the App Days @ Kochi.

-= Venue =-

Interestingly, Saurabh had chosen Startup Village as the Venue which was awesome.

-= Audience and size =-
We had geeks, techies, developers and hackers about 60 in number.

-= Our participation = -
There were about ~10 organizers for this event. The event had gone awesome with great pomp and fun besides developing few apps and submitting to the marketplace.

1. Firstly, Nick's Remote session had given a kick-start off briefing the Firefox OS.
2. WebFWD session by Srikar Ananthula is followed.
3.Jaipradeesh and Naresh had been the event speakers.
4. Followed by the hackathon
5. People giving a brief about their Apps

-= Audience Reaction =-
There was a great enthusiasm for Firefox OS, people liked the  how smooth the emulator is. The Keon devices were passed among the developers. The participants turned out with great apps too indeed

-= Evening Event =-

After the Hackathon, we had refreshments and celebrated the 15 years of Awesomeness. So we basically hacked and celebrated. ;-) 

-= Organization =-
The venue was awesome, easily accessible and with connectivity too. The event was widely spread in almost all the Social Networking websites and media channels too.

-= Leads =-
The event helped us in getting contacts with other few communities such as Examvoice, SPACE and other few FOSS communities

-= Was it worth it? =-

Definitely! Great work by the Local Reps for organizing such a wonderful event.

More event pics can be found here:

Open Source Software- Fedora, Ubuntu and Mozilla- Firefox OS App Development

 Here we have a bunch of new contributors from MCA-NIT Trichy. The awesome-fearsome  ;-)


    OS Software.