February 7 ,2015 has been a really special day in event life.I had shared my experience as an OPW intern at Mozilla Web Maker Party organised at Rajagiry School of Engineering and Technology,Kochi. Thank you Rebecca Billings for connecting me with the mozilla reps in my region and thanking Vigneshwar Dhinakaran who trusted me to take the session.
It was my first ever conference in which I handled a session, and it was next to awesome.The maker party gave me an opportunity to network with other mozilla people at my region. Further in this post I shall my experience of the event.
I reached the venue at 9.00 a.m.and met Vigneshar Dhinakaran.Vigneshwar is the Mozilla rep and main organiser of the event.He proved to be friendly host and smart organizer. RSETians where waiting with enthusiasm to for the event.A few hours later I met another team of Mozilla reps who co-organised with Vigneshawar including Nidhya,Praveen,Abid.Praveen was GSOC intern in one of the previous round. Praveen blog is quite informative. Click here to read his blog
The session started with transforming ideas into prototype,followed by an introduction to web technologies and mozilla web maker,after that Praveen and myself shared our experience as an intern at Mozilla and SMC(Swantantra Malayalam Computing).We spoke about opportunities like Google Summer Code , OPW and Rails Girls summer code.
We both explained our respective projects Oneanddone. It was interesting to know about his project developing and adding support for Indic language layouts for Firefox OS.
I spoke about the upcoming opw round, and gave some tips to get started.We talked about irc,encouraged them to subscribe to mailing list,use irc and learn github. We were able to help them in finding resources for learning like openhatch,trygit etc.
We found that students really doesn’t get a chance to contribute in open source projects. There is a popular misconception that open source projects has place only for highly skilled developers.We presented open source as a platform for developing skills.I gave a brief description about how they can be a part of documentation,quality and testing etc.
To conclude open source is an important part of technical education.But students are not aware of how they can contribute in open source. Providing them proper mentorship could help them bringing to forefront. Opportunities like OPW and GSOC could be a good dive into open source.To achieve this the mozilla reps has decided to organise a boot camp in the upcoming week.Stay tuned