Community Building

Event name: Community Building at Punjab

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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!

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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