The Mozilla Journey – Nov, 2014 to Present

Hello All,

So, I’d be completing One and a Half Years journey in Mozilla this August and I thought I’d share my vibrant experiences with this wonderful Community I’ve learnt to refer to as Mozilla India Community and Mozilla Kolkata Community.

I’d like to put forward my past experiences, my goals and my way forward as I look to materialize Mozilla’s Mission in the coming years.

I’d be proud to say that I’ve been brought up from scratch beautifully since I joined Mozilla as a volunteer back in November, 2014. I’ve had great seniors who have taught me the art of upbringing and nurturing volunteers, focusing their talents and bringing out the best in them. I, personally hold strong views for imbibing Mozilla Mission and Community Building values into juniors/colleagues/new contributors. Over the last year, I’ve been involved in the organization and implementation of events where I’ve tried to encourage new contributors in joining Open-Source and specifically Mozilla keeping in mind Mozilla’s Mission and the values it teaches us. I’d be pleased to note that I’ve managed to reach out to newbies and potential contributors as a whole through this process of mine. Some of my events would include:

  • Mass Privacy Campaign, Kolkata

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/mass-privacy-campaign-kolkata/

  • ·         Privacy Campaign @JU, Salt Lake

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/privacy-campaign-ju-salt-lake/

  • ·         MozStumbling Event @MAKAUT,WB

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/mozstumbling-event-makautwb/

  • ·         Konstruct 2K15 & 2K16

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/konstruct-2k15-kolkatas-first-ever-open-source-fest/

  • ·         Firefox Hello Demo & MozIntro

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/firefox-hello-is-here-a-live-demo-to-my-classmates-2/

  • ·         Mozilla FSA Information and FSA Demo

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/firefox-hello-is-here-a-live-demo-to-my-classmates-2/

The journey has been awesome, to say the least.

I’d have continued writing about my quest for expanding the horizons of our Community and describe all the beautiful things I’ve come across. But, restraining myself from the same, I’d like to impress the fact upon readers that it is only an Organization as a whole that can make a difference and in Communities like ours, the task is not only to onboard new contributors, but lead them and guide them through the right steps as a senior should. Through these years of my experience, I’ve come to know about the various ways to get started, the ice-breaking tips and could provide insights into what lays in store for consistent contributors in Mozilla, being one myself. The Community provides us with opportunities for interactions and meet-ups with such newbies, but throughout my tenure as a volunteer for Mozilla, I’ve understood the essence of guiding a newcomer and these events of mine hold proof of the passion I harbor in this regard:

  • ·         Mozilla Teach the Web Session and Mozilla Science Lab Session

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/mozilla-teach-the-web-session-and-science-lab-mission/

  • ·         Maker Party on Road – First Time in the World

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/maker-party-on-road-first-time-in-the-world/

  • ·         MozTour NIT Dgp – Huge crowd presence

https://priyansuganguly.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/moz-tour-nit-dgp-2-days-of-mozilla-awesomeness/

Lastly, I’d come down to the things I’ve learnt while being in this rich Community from a Learner’s point of view, knowledge I can later pertain to my juniors or while on-boarding new contributors. I’ve always been a firm believer of the fact that a leader should lead by example. While being involved in promotions and wonderful campaigns for Mozilla over the last one and a half years, I’ve made sure that my contribution to Functional Areas never dip and I remain a consistent and dependable candidate my seniors can bank on. I’d always stress on the importance of work before talk and I’d like to mention my contribution highlights in the past time to stay proof of what I state:

  • ·         I’ve been contributing consistently for the last two years to specific Functional Areas as well as Mozilla Initiatives.

https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/priyansuganguly/

·         I’m a core Committee member of the Mozilla Kolkata Community, I handle documentation for the Community.

  • I’ve been contributing to specific Functional Areas consistently namely,
  1. I’ve been leading Army of Awesome(SUMO) for consistent four months now, since April.
  2. I’m the leading bn_IN localizer for my Community for the past two months.
  3. I was awarded the FSA of the Month December,2016 for my consistent contributions.

Having said all that, the road is only half traveled. The dreams is to stay true to promises, make sure of Mozilla Mission and its initiatives’ implementation and hold the head high in demanding situations. I sign off as a contributor, who has loved every bit of this journey, has been blessed with some impeccable seniors and is keen to be a senior of that stature to the future lot. Mozilla’s Mission and Mozilla Goals are of utmost priority for me and I’m always the guy to take one for the team!!

Best,

Priyansu Ganguly

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Mozilla L10n Hackathon, Kolkata

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Mozilla L10n Hackathon, Kolkata organised by Mozilla Rep Ayan Chowdhury turned out to be one heck of a productive session as attendees comprising of Mozillians and Mozilla Reps alike took on the onus of contributing to one of the most popular and important contribution areas, Mozilla L10n. Pootle leftover and pending strings were the major focus for the day as contributors got to work after a brief introduction to Mozilla L10n.  The pre and post lunch sessions were predominantly boring with contributors pegging away at their laptops and the leaderboards being updated from time to time. L10n aoart, newbies were introduced to other contribution pathways of Mozilla during breaks. A productive event to say the least, thanks to all participants for coming over and participating in what was one of the most knowledgeable events recently.

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Mass Privacy Campaign, Kolkata

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International Data Privacy Day, 28th Jan, 2016 took off to a flier as me and my fellow Mozillian Arkopal Ray conducted Mass Privacy Campaign at MAKAUT,WB among fellow juniors and classmates. They were made aware of the various ways that our data is tracked and shown ways to prevent them. Separate methods such as using Private Browsing Window, turning “Do Not Track Me” on Firefox settings and Lightbeam were showcased. A small but interested and entusiastic group of students responded vibrantly to the awesomeness that is Lightbeam. The event was devised as multiple campaigns at the same time. But then, as they say “Charity Begins at Home”. We are immensely grateful for these resources from Community members and seniors:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/India/task_force/Policy_and_Advocacy/January_Privacy_Month_Campaign#Teaching_Kits_and_Online_Resourceshttps://wiki.mozilla.org/India/task_force/Policy_and_Advocacy/January_Privacy_Month_Campaign#Tip_Of_The_Day_Archiveshttps://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/protect-your-privacy

I would also like to personally congratulate Arkopal Ray on the planning and implementation of the same event at the last hour. Way to go.

Here for Open-Source……

Here for Firefox……..

 

 

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Privacy Campaign @JU, Salt Lake

28th January, 2016 would be celebrated as International Data Privacy Day. In an age dominated by cyber frauds, data hacks and cyber-crimes, the very topic of Data Privacy is of utmost importance. Mozilla, one of the pioneers in Open-Source Technology around the world, takes up the month of January, 2016 as Privacy Month and encourages numerous FSAs and Mozillians around the World to teach basic privacy tools, be cyber-smart and stay clear of frauds and scams.

Myself and my fellow Mozillian friend Ranodeep Saha organized a Privacy event at Jadavpur University, Salt Lake Campus named Privacy Campaign @JU, Salt Lake on 16th January, 2016. We were honoured by the involvement of Moz Reps from the Mozilla Kolkata Community viz. Sumantro Mukherjee and Ayan Chowdury.

Facebook Event Link

Reps Portal Link

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The event kicked off with Sumantro Mukherjee introducing Mozilla and its goals, Contribution pathways and speakers introduction. Ranodeep Saha next talked about the FSA program and responsibilities, his experiences as a Mozilla Senior FSA. Arkopal Ray, fellow FSA from Mozilla Kolkata Community took a session on Data Privacy and its importance which preceded my session on Mozilla Privacy agendas and tools viz. Lightbeam. Live Demos were given as the audience were made aware of Cyber Security mechanisms and threats. Ayan Chowdhury signed off the event with an introduction to Mozilla India, Mozilla Kolkata Community and ways to get in touch.

We’d (Me and Ranodeep as well as Mozilla Kolkata Community) would be looking to arrange more events on #PrivacyMonth in the coming weeks. An amazing initiative as acknowledged by many participants too. Thank You, Mozilla.

Here for Open-Source…………….

Here for Firefox………………

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Mozilla Kolkata MeetUp @Dec 26

Newer dreams bring about newer aspirations, newer hopes bring about newer resolutions and newer commitments bring about a newer us. Mozilla Kolkata Community got together at Café Coffee Day, Park Street, Kolkata on Boxing Day to look back on what has been a memorable year for the Community in many ways and what could be a fantastic year in the making. Avik Pal, Senior Community Leader and Mozilla Rep, deserves special mention for bringing together folks in a festive season predominated by hang-outs and buddy times.

The Community grows larger with every passing day as more and more contributrors are onboarded and we add to our Diversity. With a total of 19 participants Mozilla Kolkata Meet-Up has turned into one of the most participated Meet-Ups ever. Formal introductions done and over with, we looked back at the highlights for the Community in 2K15, amongst which Konstruct, Maker Party on Road, Moz Tour NIT Dgp and several Functional Areas events hold special significance. The total event list has been updated by Ayan Chowdhury here.

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Snacks and coffee slurped down, we ponder on what we look forward to in 2K16. Sticky Notes being filled, the etherpad being updated, views being shared, from what the atmosphere was, you could well imagine that the next few months are going to be engaging. With the January Privacy Month coming up, FSAs are geared up to make the most of it as are Senior Reps and Mozillians on Mega Events for the year. New faces were met, introduced to and listened to as the evening rolled on. Here’s the Etherpad link.

Photo session concluded the proceedings for the day. A special Congratulations to Sumantro Mukherjee, Gourab Patra and Sukanta Pal for making it to the Leadership Summit, Singapore from our beloved Community. Looking forward to a cracking Privacy month!!!

Here for Open-Source………….

Here for Firefox………………

Priyansu Ganguly

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Mozilla Kolata Community Activation

The very existence of development is to learn from anything and everything existing around you. And who better than the Senior most folks to appreciate and guide you through. Mozilla Kolkata Community had one of its fascinating Community Activation Meet-Ups  arranged by Srijib Roy and Ayan Chowdhury on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja Soshti here in Kolkata.

We were humbled by the presence of Senior Mozilla Reps and Reps Mentors Sayak Sarkar and Avik Pal being the most notable ones. A bunch of new faces introduced themselves during the Introductory session which slowly transformed into seniors sharing their contribution stories with junior members. This being one of the most notable festivals in the Eastern part of the country, greetings were being exchanged and wishes were forwarded.

Fresh contributors were inducted. Their areas of focus and interests were taken note of and handed over to the specific Mentors present. Firefox App Development seemed to be the crunch of the moment as contributions were discussed. Tea break ensued.

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Future events and contribution Community plans were discussed. As part of one of the most active Communities in the world, notably the Mozilla India Community, our community ie. Mozilla Kolkata Community aims to bring in more notable contributors in the coming days. Online as well as offline events are lined up. This gets us excited nonetheless.

Overall, the Community Activation Event turned out to be a huge learning curve for us from notable Seniors. But then, as I’ve always mentioned, one of the most important upsides of contributing to Mozilla has been the co-operation and helping hand of Seniors in your Community or otherwise. Priviledged.

Here for Open-Source…………

Here for Firefox……..

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Moz Tour NIT Dgp — 2 Days of Mozilla Awesomeness!!

The very essence of fulfillment in life is to do what you love and to be with whom you love. Mozilla, being one of the pioneers in Open-Source technology, fascinates one and all. And as we always say, the web needs nourishment. The very thought of an open web is engrossing and it sure did show at the Moz Tour NIT Dgp help at National Institute of Technology, Durgapur,India on 3-4 October,2015.

Reps Portal Link

Event Page

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Bright sunny days welcomed us to this city of Durgapur, also hosting one of the largest Steel plants of the nation. Five Mozillians, including Biraj Karmakar, organizer of the event, were treated to amazing facilities and a very eager and hungry crowd at the D.M.Sen Auditorium on Day 1,3rd October,2015. After engaging introductory sessions by Biraj Karmakar and Srijib Roy, the focus shifted to specific functional areas. Speakers assigned for specific domains took quick sessions as Mozilla became the talk of the session. Biraj Karmakar introduced l10n and How To Contribute to Mozilla as did Srijib Roy, Mozilla Rep, on QA. Debapriya Bhattacharya handled SUMO while Sumantro Mukherjee made the best out of Firefox OS. I, Priyansu Ganguly had my task cut out with FSA programme, recruitments, responsibilities and sign-ups. Speeches were kept short, precise and focused on engaging the best minds into different contribution areas. Interested participants had to select a minimum of one functional area to contribute to during the next day hackathon and not surprisingly, Firefox OS scored the best points. Day 1 ended with feedbacks, questions and awesome swag distribution.

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An overnight hackathon session was taken by Sumantro Mukherjee at the campus itself from 0000 hours to 0200 hhours of 3rd October. Firefox OS basics were discussed and codes were hacked on as the night grew old. With an overall attendance of 30 people, we signed off what we would love to call a great day. The ground was set, we expected fireworks tomorrow. And boy, did we have it??

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4th October turned out to outstanding as far as contributers education is concerned. As each of the speakers/mentors took over their own teams, we saw a huge surge in excitement as contributions poured in. Educational as well as imformal, Sumantro Mukherjee took over his team of Firefox OS, Biraj Karmakar promoted l10n contributions, Srijib Roy took care of QA guys, Debapriya Bhattacharya worked with his team of SUMO and myself worked with interested FSA candidates. the matrix would be enough to show the output. Contribution to Marketplace, AoA, Pootle, Bugzilla and FSA prevailed either side of a hectic lunch break. To sign off, FSA, Summit and MozFest videos were shown to encourage the participants. Swags specific to contribution were distributed among the most active participants and pictures were clicked. The awesome response to the Contribution Areas was really a heart warming experience. Apart from on-boarding loads of contributors, it was nice to share the passion and dream of an Open Web, a web that has no boundries. Truly, the Mozilla Mission continues to inspire us.

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Being a part of the Moz Team that toured, I would like to thank Dipak Kumar and Adarsh Shah from the bottom of my heart for their awesome support. I would also extend my greetings to Namit, Aditi, Sankarshan and Sayantan, to name a few. All you guys have been awesome!!

Here for Open-Source………….

Here for Firefox…………..

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