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Mozilla India Inter-Community Meetup 2014

Community is never “I” its always “We”. Building a community is not a one head task. Huge amount of labor is required to build an awesome community. Mozilla India is one of the awesome community I am involved with.

After organizing and attending series of event, it was time for most important and awesome event. It was time for “Mozilla India Inter-Community Meetup 2014” . It was one of the most fruitful and productive meetup I ever have been to. It was a three days event. First day concentrating basically on Task Forces and the other two day for community discussion.

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Without stretching my blog much I will concentrate on L10N, Webmaker and FSA. As I was involved in these discussion.

Firefox Student Ambassador:

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What are you most proud of in 2013?

  • Achieved figure of 2000 FSAs in India in year 2013.
  • We have 500 Firefox Clubs in India.
  • Big contribution of FSA in achieving 5000 Mozillains.
  • About 100 FSA in Institution of national importance like IITs, IIITs and NITs.

What was your biggest challenge in 2013?

  • Providing swags to FSA events.
  • Communication between FSA and Reps.

What is your big goal for 2014?

  • 5000 FSA and 1000 Clubs in India.
  • Quality training of FSA for better contribution.
  • Develop a community of FSA developer group

Suggested Solution to some common FSA related problems:

  1. SWAGS: Most FSA’s are not getting any swags for their events.

    1. Encourage FSA’s to organize events without Swags because learning comes first and swag next.

    2. We can ask the FSA’s to fill up the “Event Response Form” so that a Rep can be assigned for that event.

    3. The assigned Rep will help with Swags and Budget.

  2. Permission from Institution: Sometimes FSA’s are facing problem in getting dates from Institution because some Institution requires official letter from respective organization.

    1. We can help FSA’s by sending a letter from events.mozillaindia.org to institution authorities for conducting a successful event.

    2. We can ask the respective assigned Reps to send a letter to the institution.

  3. Less Communication between Reps and FSA’s:

    1. Engage more Reps to volunteer to communicate with FSA’s on regular basis.

    2. Encourage FSA’s by analyzing their past events and help them to improve.

  4. How to share my (FSA) activities with Mozilla ?

    1. FSA activities can be shared using FSA Facebook group or via Twitter (@mozstudents).

    2. The best way to share is write a blog and take lots of pics.

 

Webmaker:

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Challenges :

  • Off-line resources – to #teachtheweb in rural and places with low band width

  • Productive event format – what makes the webmaker event productive ?

  • Follow-up – recruited but no response when contacted over mails

  • Infrastructure – not all places have minimal resources that is needed during the event

  • Training of mentors – needed to make sure the speaker is conveying right information

  • Templates (Region Specific) – needed to make people interested in making some stuff using webmaker tools

  • Hacking – lot of people claims aren’t we hacking someone’s website

  • Understanding of tools – how to work on tools – eg : trimming the length of the audio

  • Handling advanced users – make users understand the definition of webmaker and its use beyond the tools

Solutions :

  • Sustainability of contributors: Making contributors BEST understand about webmaker project so they will be passionate about their contribution
  • Off-line resources: Webmaker team is right now work on offline kits. Soon , we may have them ! A lot of webmaker offline activities as available, on the webmaker.org portal.
  • Productive event format: People should understand the need of being web literate and willing to share their learning with others.
  • Follow-up: A structured follow-up procedure to be designed. Create a structured process for asking the organizers to send in the best (filtered) makes and event photos
  • Training of mentors – Train the trainers sessions, A guide for mentors includes better understanding of tools, web litercy and the webmaker mission.
  • Templates (Region Specific): Every webmaker mentor should create a template every month which will be showcased during mozilla india online (IRC) meetup
  • Handling advanced users – make users understand the definition of webmaker and its use beyond the tools

Localization (L10N):

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CHALLENGES:

  • Not aware of input, resource and tools

  • Translation/transliteration

  • Use of Machine Translation

  • Use of Standard Tools

  • No standard review process and quality checks

  • Lack of training to new joiners

  • Issue in communication

  • SUMO translation process

  • Lack of l10n teams in other languages (ONLY 12 languages in Mozilla)

  • Less events in localization

SOLUTIONS:

  • Conduct training events for localizers, schools, colleges etc .

  • Need of context based translation and trans-creation

  • Need of proper documentation

  • Tools available in FOSS : POOTLE, TRANSIFEX, ZANATA, TRANSLATEWIKI.. Mozilla to take a call on one STANDARD TOOL

  • Stable Review process – Review has to be done for most ready projects such as Firefox browser, fennec, Firefox OS.

  • Localization specific events: Awareness sprints by use of social media or direct visit to institutions to make the mass aware of the localized products and thereby generate interest.

  • More inclusive communication by REPS with the respective community.

  • SUMO to adopt PUBLICAN or similar tools for simplification of translation process.

  • Encourage other language communities to work with Mozilla L10n.

This time I tried to make my blog more productive by using more text and less images.

Personally I enjoyed being with all the Mozillians.

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Have a great time!

Cheers! 🙂

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Event Pics: Click Click  Click Click

Other Blogs:  Blog 1 Blog 2 Blog 3  Blog 4  Blog 5   Blog 6

 

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