SFD 2014 @NIMOZ

Software Freedom Day 2014 with NIMOZ Firefox Club

Software Freedom Day 2014 ( The Planning of Event )

The SFD 2014 was arriving nearer and all the memories of SFD 2013 flashed back in front of my eyes. Last year we had 800 participants, our team worked  from August last week till the last day i.e 21st September 2013 SFD, It was the biggest Open source event ever happened at Birgunj with grand success.

A question raised in my mind,”But what about this year???
My team mates where not in my contacts, our college had ended last months after exams and we hadn’t discussed about SFD 2014 even for once.
We will be celebrating SFD 2014 or not?? How to communicate with my Team?? How to inform attendees and others??
Lots of similar questions and doubts were revolving in my minds.

5 days before SFD 2014 i went to college for some works, there my teachers asked me, “What are your Plans for SFD this year? Do it we will provide whatever you want.” This was the spark for me, i said to myself it was me who started these things here and once again i will have to initiate it .

I discussed about this with my best team mates Neha Gupta, Arati Singh  and conveyed them our teachers message, and booommmm!!! at once they said lets do it, no matter it will be on a smaller level, no matter it will be not like the previous year celebration, but we need to mark this day, its our signature event, we can’t let it go like this only. Their words were enough for me and together we started to plan the event.

Our biggest Challenge was the time, we had only 4 days left for SFD 2014 and we haven’t started yet. We needed some more support, some more motivation. On the very next day we went to our college with a rough sketch in our mind, discussed our plan with our HOD and then with our Principal sir and that was the point when our eyes dazzled with lots of hope and our body got charged with lots of positive vibe.

Our principal sir just said ” DO it, am with you all, college will provide whatever you want, don’t worry about anything. From participants snacks,Event hall, internet connection, Power back up  each and every thing will be from college’s side.
That’s it, it was more than enough for us .

We 3 team mates tried to communicate other team members and in meanwhile were planning for the event. Just before 2 days of SFD we tried to inform as much students and persons as we can and sketched down all the planning on the notepad. As soon the plan for celebration was ready we mailed it to our principal sir,[ we need to be formal 😉  😀 ] .

We got response from two of our best team mates  Khushbu Gupta and
Dipu Gupta they were ready to help us in any possible way. Moreover, many others contacted us to know about event, getting this kind of response we were like ” We will make it good this time too”.

Now our fingers were crossed. We were all set to Celebrate Software Freedom Day once again.

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MozNP 2nd anniversary

The Day Overloaded with Awesomeness ( Mozilla Nepal 2nd Anniversary )

MozNP 2nd anniversary

Mozilla Nepal Second Anniversary

 

“Will you like to join us on 26th August ?” ,  It was Avash Mulmi a Rep from Mozilla Nepal, this was the question from where it all started, my reply was, YESSS!!! i will love to. From that very day i was eager to get involved in this event through any medium and fortunately a second message from Avash Mulmi came on 3rd August, “Pack your stuffs, Event approved”.

An adrenaline rush was there within my nervous system, i started planning for the event along with other Mozillians. Since that very day i was in contact with many of the Mozillians to discuss about the event, i came to know that this time it was not only about the celebration but also about achieving some serious goals :-

  • At least 3  apps
  • 30 makes using Webmaker
  • 1000 string localization

On 25th August i board my flight from Simara Airport, Nepal for Kathmandu, Nepal. Even the 20 minutes journey was feeling like journey of hours, all due to my excitement and eagerness to meet awesome Mozillians out there.
After reaching Kathmandu, i informed Surit Aryal another Rep From Mozilla Nepal about my arrival,and i came to know he was busy in managing things for the next day event.
I was not new to Kathmandu so i managed my way to the Hotel (Hotel Aryal International )that was Booked for me and other Mozillians from outside the valley. Thanks to Mozilla Nepal for taking care of our comfort and managing all kind of accommodation and traveling.

After getting refreshed at hotel i got a message from one of the Participants from outside the valley, Ujjwal Hatuwal Mozillian from Hetauda had arrived Kathmandu too. I asked him to call me after he reach to the nearest place to hotel, after 35-40 min i got back his call and went to receive him .

We were soon joined by the Organizers/Reps of Mozilla Nepal Surit aryal and Avash Mulmi at our hotel. From there we went to our Event venue SAP Falcha where few other Mozillians were getting all the things done for the event, the main Focus was on the internet. After setting all the things well for the event, we left out, Avash Da and MJT  Da went for shopping (they were shopping for the event not for themselves 😉 ).
After that we all went for an awesome dinner, which i think was the most lively and fine dine that i had till now.
After dinner we all went back to our respective destination.

Finally the day arrived (26th August), me and ujjwal had decided to reach a little bit earlier than other participants but we could manage up reaching the venue just on time 😛 .

The event kicked off in a simple and cool manner, Madhuri welcomed the participants and gave a short and quick overview about the event.

We had took reach the goals so all the participants were grouped into 3 different teams namely, Webmaker team, Firefox OS app Dev Team and Localization team. Participants were free to join any team willingly on the basis of their interest and working area.

The App dev team and Webmaker team sat down at room one and started there work with full enthusiast, the Localization team went to room 2 and started there work too.

Talking about the number of members in each team, localization team had more number of members than other two teams, then was the App dev team and at last  Webmaker team with just 3 members.
The event soon gained the pace, soon there came a time when tap and click was the only sound in the room.

The organizers had taken care about the refreshments of the participants, throughout the event we had lots and lots of snacks, chocolates, tea/coffee, cold drinks (they probably knew coders need caffeine 😉 😀 …. ).

After 7 hours long coding and conversion of strings, we finally came to end of event . Localization and App dev team had reached there goals, although they had 3 members only Webmaker team also did a wonderful job (am not backing up Webmaker team because i was one of them 😛 😛 ).

All the outputs of the event are listed in this blog.

After the wrap up an awesome dinner was waiting for the Mozillians, the dinner was the cherry on the cake for the whole day event.
The laughter, PJs, Photo snaps, all these things along with tasty food and lots of Drinks made each and mozillian feel revived.

 

Pics of the events are here