Monday, 16 February 2015

MozCoffee Dhaka: First community event of 2015

Community meetup is an essential community building tool where the members can gather in a place to connect each other, share knowledge and experiences and plan together for the future. Each time you are in a meetup it makes the bond strong between you and the other community members as well as make new bonds with newly interested members who attend the meetup for the first time to meet any Mozillians to know more about the Mozilla products, projects and the community. Is is very inspiring to a newly recruited contributor to see in reality how a Mozillian is a essential part of the community.

Mozilla Bangladesh  also arranged a community meetup named "MozCoffee Dhaka" on 31 January 2015 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. That was the first community event in year 2015. You can find the agenda at the planning pad of the event but mainly we meet to share the experiences of Mozlandia attendees with all the community members and transfer the knowledge to community members about the planes of Mozilla, Mozilla products and Mozilla communities for year 2015. We've invite all the Mozlandia participants from Bangladesh, all the community member from Mozilla Bangladesh and the people who are interested in Mozilla.

We start the event with a recap of previous year activities of Mozilla Bangladesh. As the event owner and host I do the recap with a small video prepared with the event pictures of previous year.  Year 2014 was magnificent year for the community. In 2014 the community grow and become solid with lot of awareness events at every corner of the country, had very successful country wide Firefox OS launch, did splendid developer engagement, significant contributions in Localization, SuMo and Webmaker. I also introduce Hossain Al Ikram to the community as he recently appointed as Mozilla Rep.
Mahay Alam Khan
After that Mahay Alam Khan (MAK) invited to share his experiences of the workweek he participated in December 2014. He share his experiences with the localization team at Portland, discussions about  to unite bn-BD and bn-IN, and how Mozilla moving forward to have a single locale for Bangla. He also discuss about the "Old Guard and New Guard" and the radical participation towards Mozilla.
Nihan Kamal
Then I invite Nihan Kamal to share her experiences, who is the first Mozilla employee from Bangladesh and participated in Mozlandia. As she is new to Mozilla and that was her first event to join any Mozilla event, she express her excitement and share some interesting experiences at Portland. She also talked about current activities and future plans towards Firefox OS in global and local perspective.
Noor talked about future plan of SuMo at Bangaldesh
After that another Mozlandia participant Ashickur Rahman Noor was invite to join us to share his experiences. He share with us his experiences about how he managed to survive three days with a single set of dress as he lost his luggage at the airport. Also he talked about meeting with SuMo team and future plans about SuMo activities in Bangladesh.
It's my time
At the end we ask to participants for their questions or the topic they want to discuss or want to know. We also inform participants about our future plans, the Digital World 2015 participation, as this is the biggest ICT Expo of the country, what we are going to do to increase the coverage and contributions in Mozilla Location Services (MLS), also discussed about SuMo meetup to increase capacities of SuMo contributors in the country.
Group Photo
We are very grateful to the participants and the speakers, as they joined us and made the the event success even in the recent political unrest of the country. Every day we are experiencing blocks and strikes in the roads now, but our Mozillians showed their love affection towards the community once again. More then 70 people joined us at the meetup and around 30% of them are new to Mozilla. Thank you all. Our Mozillian (Delta) Ashfaq deserves an special thank, who worked hard to arrange the event and support me to do the event. Thank you Delta, keep continue your good work towards Mozilla and the community.

More photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mahayalamkhan/sets/72157650159079147/

Monday, 19 January 2015

Boot Camp: Digital Literacy through Webmaker tools for e-Service Delivery

Recently Mozilla and Access to Information (a2i) programme of Government of Bangladesh  arranged an boot camp as the first step to bring the Webmaker tools for the general people of Bangladesh. The goal was to use Webmaker tools for digital literacy for citizens of Bangladesh for batter e-Service Delivery.

The boot camp was 3 days (31 December 2014 - 2 January 2015) long, the participants were from different professions as Teachers, Students, Entrepreneurs, Government officials and NGO officials. There was 30 participants from different locations organizations and institutions. Participants ware grouped according to their profession. They work 9:00AM to 6:00 PM everyday even more to learn the tools, test them, identify their problems at their daily works which they can solve with these tools, they also develop some teaching kits on how to teach these tools to others for each group.

Group photo with boot camp participants
The boot camp was to test the webmaker tools from various perspectives whether the tools are ready to use, are they applicable in daily life tasks, how easy to learn about them and get benefited. The another dimension of the camp was to see how different groups of people from different professions and backgrounds accept the tools to deliver their services in batter ways. The boot camp was support by UNDP, USAID, Mozilla and Dnet. A team of 6 Mozillians from Bangladesh conduct the whole boot camp.

What is a2i?

Access to Information (a2i) Programme is an UNDP and USAID supported project (programme) having its office at the Prime Ministers’ Office. The overall objective of the project is to provide support in building a digital nation through delivering services at the citizen’s doorsteps. The programme aims to improve quality, widen access, and decentralize delivery of public services to ensure responsiveness and transparency.

Boot Camp: Digital Literacy for e-Service Delivery

Day 1:

At inauguration session showing "Web we want"

At the inauguration session the participants given an orientation about the camp. They has been motivated through some motivational videos and discussions. After that Mozillians demonstrate X-Ray Goggles, Thimble, Appmaker to the participants.
Entrepreneurs group working to identify the problems
Then each group of participants work to identify problems in their daily works that they can solve them with technology. Participants worked in groups and list down their ideas and share with all the other groups with a presentation.
Government Officials group doing remix with Thimble
After lunch Mozillians teach the X-Ray Goggles and Thimble to the participants and they do some hands on and remix with these tools. Day one ends with a interesting and funny games called "Trigger-Receiver" where participants learn and get an idea about the triggering and receiving signals system of Appmaker tool through performing songs, plays and making fun.
Triggers and Receivers

Day 2:

Day two starts with a recap of previous day activities. Where some participants demonstrate again how to use X-Ray Goggles and Thimble. After that participants again did a group task to make a paper prototype of an app that solves one of their problem they identify and can make a batter service delivery to their clients.
Paper prototype by a group of participants
They ware given some piece of papers and participants have to draw their systems in the paper as an App.
Teachers are working on their paper prototype
At the beginning Mozillians demonstrate them the Appmaker tools in details, show them some demo apps made with this tool and instruct them how to work to make a paper prototype for their apps. Then participants start to make their apps through Appmaker.
Students are making their app with Appmaker
Mozillians did help so that each groups to come up with at least one app demo. After the session each group present their apps to all the participants. Interestingly each group of participants came up with some nice apps  and some of them were in Bangla.
App by the Students
App by the Entrepreneurs
App by the NGO Officials
App by the Teachers
App by Government Officials
After lunch participants again worked in groups to design workshop for their specific target audiences, they design complete workshop to teach more people about the tools and facilitate more people to use and benefited using the tools.
Workshop designed by NGO Officials

Day 3:

Again day 3 starts with a recap from previous days activities. Some of the participants demonstrate their apps made with Appmaker. Then participants work in groups to make their workshop design by remix Workshop Design Kit at Thimble.
Workshop Design Kit
Each group prepare a Thimble make for their workshop design. Mozillians help each group to make their Thimble with simple HTML. Before lunch participants specially teachers group requested to demonstrate them the Popcorn tool, which will help them to make interactive teaching materials for their classes. Mozillians demonstrate them the Popcorn tool and show them some makes made by Popcorn. After lunch each group of participants were present what they learn, design and make in those three days to all the participants and the guests.
Government Officials presenting their app
They gave their honest feedback about the tools and the boot camp. At the end of the event participants were given certificates for their participation at the boor camp. Event end with a group photo session.

What next?

Mozillians  conducting Boot Camp
To connect all the participants of boot camp and the facilitators initiated a Facebook group page where participants can ask any help regarding the tools as well share their makes with all the participants. Also there was a planning session with Mozillians and a2i afterward to finalize the teaching kits and curriculum for upcoming trainings. a2i planned to do a pilot training on January 23, 2015 in the Digital Innovation Fair at Dinajpur. We eagerly waiting to see a successful training at Dinajpur and hope to do a lot more with Webmaker in year 2015. Stay tuned!

More photos of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bellayet/sets/72157649719568438/

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Enabling designer community as Firefox OS contributor

Firefox OS successfully lunched in Bangladesh. Already lots  of local apps and content available at Firefox Marketplace. And the number of apps are growing day by day. But we noticed the available apps does not looks good and attractive enough because of bad UI/UX design of the apps. The main reason is, lack of adequate knowledge and capacity of UI/UX design of the developers. To improve the situation Mozilla Bangladesh arrange an workshop on 21 November, 2014 at the Bishwo Shahitto Kendra, Dhaka for developers and designer to aware them about basics of UI and UX design for Firefox OS apps. Here Mozillian Rifaz wrote a blog describing what happened at the event.

Sashoto Seeam on the stage

Scopes and Opportunities


The initial goal of the event was to aware FirefoxOS apps developers about the
Firefox OS UI guidelines, basic tips and tricks about the UI and UX of
smart phone apps. So that people who are developing apps for Firefox OS
or already have some apps in marketplace can improve their UI and UX of
their apps and attract more users. But when we start promoting the event, we felt that their are more scopes of that event. We can engage and aware not only Firefox OS app developers, you can engage other developers who works for other platform like iOS or Android. Also there is a large designer community exists in the country who are designing for web/mobile apps and services. And it is a good opportunity to aware and enable them for Firefox OS app design.


Event audience

Basics you need to arrange the event


  • Invite some of the greatest UI and UX designers as speaker of the event from the designer communities who already works in other platforms and have lots of fan followers within the communities. They'll talk about basics of UI and UX, and How you can design a better apps.
  • Invite some good Firefox OS app developers as speaker who has some good apps at the marketplace and has knowledge about UI and UX and the Firefox OS app design guidelines. Actually they are making the connection between the designers tips and tricks with the Firefox OS development knowledge to bring a successful app in Marketplace. Also they can advice participants about the Marketplace itself.
  • Promote the event publicly at the designer communities and the developers communities.
  • Find a decent sized venue and arrange some good food for the event.
  • 3 hours long workshop is not enough to go in depth of UI/UX designing or app development. So prepare the sessions and slid decks to cover basics of the topic.
  • Also don't go so deep in topic while you are going to answer a question and query from audience. Keep in mind your track.
 
One of the event speakers


Expected outputs

  • Attendees will have clear concept about user friendly interface and how to provide better User Experience in their mobile devices.
  • Improvements in the description, screenshots, title and every other bit related to an app in the marketplace.
  • New and innovative design for apps in the Marketplace.
  • Grow connection between apps developers (coder) and UI/UX designers.
  • New recruitment for the community.

Part of crowd


The event was only 3 hours long. It is not good enough to go in depth of
UI and UX design or app development. But it could be a good start to enable more
divers community to Firefox OS app development.

Blog post: http://rifaz.ghost.io/uiux-workshop-for-making-mobile-apps-and-firefox-os/
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123203088@N08/sets/72157649420102235/
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUazE80dnX4u2usLoYVpK8N9FStKKj-ti

Slides used at the event:

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mozilla Bangladesh Maker Parties 2014

Maker Party is Mozilla's global campaign to teach the web. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic web users with hands-on learning and making this year from July 15 - September 15. The season has been began and lots of party pictures and news are coming at social medias. Mozilla Bangladesh also celebrating Maker Party season 2014 with at least 20 Maker Parties around the country arranged by community members.

Community members are promoting Webmaker from so long and they arranged lot of Webmaker events around the country. But we have noticed, there are some misconceptions about Webmaker projects and its goals among community members. As a result we experienced limited knowledge transfer, lack of community practice on makes and Webmaker tools. Sometimes we found the core values are missing at Webmaker events. Even missing Make!

In 2014 Mozilla Bangladesh community wants to reshuffle the whole Webmaker efforts and utilize the maker party season to spread the ideas, philosophy and values to the community members and as well grow the maker community. To do this we did series of online meetings with community members to identify the problems and fall backs of previous efforts. And decided to arrange as many as possible but at least 20 Maker Party around the country to spread Webmaker. We make an open call to community and we got more than 30 community members who want to arrange more than 30 maker parties at their home or universities with their friends, family members and colleagues. We suggest them two types of event and activities for their parties. Kitchen party for small size party with friends and family members. Hack Jam for medium size parties. Activities are open to hack for party owners.

For this year maker parties, we are encouraging participants to making things with the Webmaker tools at their maker parties and share them with others through social media. People will learn there about web, how it works and make the web with the Webmaker tools. We suggest them to make something related to our culture and heritage, specially about the hand made things which are important part of our culture but we are loosing them due to modernization. That is why the #tag for all the parties and makes is #BanglaMake14. You can find all the related activities with this hash-tag at social media and webmaker.org.

As the season began, parties and makes are coming out. More parties are coming next. If you want to join a maker party find one around you. If there is no party around you, let's host your own party. Let's Teach, Learn and Make.

Monday, 9 June 2014

WoMoz in Bangladesh, TechFest and what next

As the Mozilla manifesto underlines, we believe that all individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet. In order to ensure that we must improve the visibility of all minorities. We need to take special care to women, because this is the largest group among all minorities.
To achieve this goal WoMoz is a community composed of members from different Open Source projects. This community mainly dedicated to improving women's visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors.
WoMoz workshop

Mozilla Bangladesh has a project to grow the WoMoz community in Bangladesh to improve women's visibility and increase women's involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla and more women's contributions from Bangladesh. Mozilla Bangladesh already recruit two women Mozilla Reps and lot more women contributors in different Mozilla projects. They are having their own regular meetups, hangouts and events.
WoMoz hangout
To grow more and to aware and empower women the community arranged a day long event supported by Mozilla Bangladesh titled "CTG WoMoz TechFest" at Chittagong where more than 100 women participants learn about web, how to make web. They informed about Mozilla, make with webmaker and learn to develop app for Firefox OS. One of the participants named Jannatul Ferdows Jenny published her very first app at Firefox marketplace right after the event. She is student of Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology and she worked first time on Firefox app at the event. That proves how awesome and successful was the event.
CTG WoMoz Tech Fest
What is next? Many of them are eagerly waiting to know, what will be their next step? Many of them waiting for their next challenge. What we need to do to keep it rolling smoothly. We need more meet-ups, more workshops, more follow-up events. We have to give them more challenges for their self judgement, to be self motivated. Also we need to create more scopes for contribution and ensure rewards and recognitions for their contributions. We should thing about the key points I made bold to achieve our goals.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Mozilla Old Dhaka Meetup 1.0

Old Dhaka is the old or historic part of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. It is the most crowded place in the country. Lots of people living here with many diversity and different profession. You can find people at here all most from every corner of the country. Lots of historic places and lots of interesting delicious foods is available here. Many community members of Mozilla Bangladesh are living in this part of the city including me. I proud for live in Old Dhaka.
But interesting fact is there is less presence of Mozilla here. We contribute to Mozilla from home, but met each other at other part of the city in any event or meetup. To meet Mozillians from Old Dhaka and plan some thing to increase the presence of Mozilla at this part of the city, I arranged a meetup for Old Dhaka Mozillians on 17 May, 2014 at Hotel Star old Dhaka branch.
The event was so successful, almost 15 people attend to the meetup including 5 reps. We did lot of discussions on different issues of our Mozilla activities and contributions. We decide to do some webmaker events in different schools and colleges at Old Dhaka. If possible we do hive events here. Since Mozilla Bangladesh is going to arrange MozCamp Alpha at Dhaka this month of next, we also utilize this occasion to discuss and plan the event. We talked about the MozCamp with other participants and inform them how the MozCamp will look like next.
Since the meetup was at old Dhaka and Hotel Star is famous for the traditional cuisine. I believe participants have enjoyed the meetup with food, fun and swag.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Mozilla Bangladesh l10n Sprint May 2014


Mozilla Bangladesh organized a successful onsite l10n Sprint on 13 May 2014 at Hub Dhaka, Mirpur Dhaka to translate Firefox OS related strings and documents in Bangla. At the sprint 10 Mozillians gather at site and more than 5 Mozillians attended online. Mozillians complete localization and review of more than 1300 new Firefox OS strings. They translate Firefox OS related web content in Bangla which is more than 4000 words. They also review the scripts translated for Bangla voice over for Firefox OS related video content which is more than 7000 words. At the end of the sprint participants learned how to test Firefox OS through MozTrap. They committed to test Firefox OS and other incomplete tasks after the sprint from their home.

The event was so productive and successful and full of foods and fun. That was one of the best sprint I ever attended.

Event planning Pad: https://bangladesh.etherpad.mozilla.org/l10nSprintMay14?

More event photos: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%23MozBDl10nSprint