Hive India MakerFest'14 Ahmedabad

Mozilla as a Technical partner coordinated with MakerFest which happened this January 4th and 5th and is a kick-off start for the Indian Community with a series of events and campaigns at the very year start. About 3000+ participants turned up to the Mozilla Stall present at MakerFest'14

About MakerFest:

Maker Fest is an all-ages showcase and celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, a place to meet and interact with likeminded top-notch innovators from different walks of life. It aims to bring together a community of creators and makers spanning the length and breadth of India and give them a platform to showcase their ideas and creations. It is designed to be a uniquely Indian maker activity to celebrate and exhibit the maker movement in India.

Following in the footsteps of Maker Faires across America, Europe, Africa, and Japan, among others, Maker Fest is part innovation fair, part art show, and part celebratory festival that hopes to inspire everyone to become an inventor. At Maker Fest, we commemorate the entire journey of making: not just the final product, but also all the learning experiences that come along with trying something new.

Event on reps portal:
Hash-Tag: #MakerFest2014
Facebook Fan Page:

Event Idea:

The event idea stays simple. We had a 20 x 10 size booth where the participants turned up to know what this is all about. The participants and enthusiasts were School/Pre-university kids mostly. Most of them were really interested about the Webmaker tools since it's fun.

It was basically a two day event. The below pics shows how beautiful the crowd is at the stall and the interest they show in learning what's up with Mozilla.

Webmaker initiative aspects:

* Depending on the age groups and level of grasping, we have let the kids know how beautiful is remixing and hacking with the Webmaker tools.
* Quite a good number of teachers who turned up to the booth were excited about the tools and learnt how to make Popcorn videos so as they can teach their kids.
* As a part of getting involved with Mozilla, the participants were taught how to conduct kitchen parties.

Developer aspects:

* A good number of students from Engineering background were surprised to see the Keon, Peak and the ZTE Consumer preview devices as they felt interesting.
* The developers used the mobiles, which are available and felt great. We let them know how to develop apps and helped them giving the links of basic app development.
* Many started questioning, when are these devices available in India and all we could throw is a smile.

Contributor Engagement and Community Building:

* Gujarath is the state where there is less Mozilla presence. Hence we thought having a PAN India event here would be helpful in recruiting contributors.
* Event requests had been flooding after The MakerFest'14. One in  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Vasad.
* App Days at SVBIT College.

Other Partners include:


Community builders Meetup 2013

Over 50 Community Builders round the world met at SFO, Mozilla Space California. The purpose of this meetup is to collaborate on shared goals and plans to support all community building efforts across Mozilla in 2014 in order to move forward with growing the size of the community to one million Mozillians in ten years.

More about the CBT Meet-up on wiki can be found here:

Those grumpy faces to scare the kids

The meetup was organized into set of tracks for :

1. Systems and Data
2. Pathways
3. Education and Culture
4. Recognition and
5. Events

The wholesome event is recorded and one can find it on the brownbag. Slides from the event can be found

 Place where CBT meetup took place

 Sticky notes everywhere :)

 William Q and Rosana
 We did indeed brainstorm

  Each track focused on creating concrete action plans for next year and then we shared this out through a brown bag at the end of the week.

More set of Images can be found in here: