Windows 10 Community Activation @RC

Mozilla is all about a movement that helps you to preserve your rights as a citizen of the Web. Recently with Windows 10, Microsoft made it quite hard to change the browser for some folks. So, Mozilla decided to throw campaign to help them.

Rajshahi College is one of the leading colleges in Rajshahi. On 11th December, 2015 me along with some of my fellow Mozillians, headed for RC to aware them about the importance of their rights as the citizen of the web and help them in case they had any difficulties with the new browser default system.

So, we headed up for the venue at 2:30PM as the event was at 3PM. After reaching the venue we set the banners up and checked the projector and sound system. The participants started to come from around 2:50. Soon, we had our expected number and we started the sessions.

First of all, I talked about Mozilla, why it’s necessary and what could happen if we didn’t have Mozilla around us. I started all the way back from the WWW and Mosaic and talked about how they made the Firefox, that we use now. I talked about the Browser Arm races, Microsoft’s evil moves to lock down the internet and all the good stuffs.

Then I asked them if there was anyone who’s default browser wasn’t Firefox, as expected, a few rose their hands, that was a fun question anyway. But when I asked if anyone of them was having any trouble with making Firefox default on Windows 10, holy, half of them raised their hands! I was quiet astonished at that moment. After hearing their experience personally, I showed them a few videos and blogs that demonstrated the process. We also distributed the copy of latest Firefox through flash drive to them who didn’t use Firefox as their default and asked them to give it a shot.

After these, we asked them a few questions, like, how many steps did it take to make Firefox the default browser, who is the inventor of WWW and many others. Based on this questioning session we gifted Love Mozilla Wristbands to those who could answer the questions correctly.

At last, we distributed the swags, the stickers and buttons and the snacks. This was a really great event, met with a few very wise and passionate men.

This event was a real blast. We opted for 60-80 people join us but 120 people joined. Though we’re not prepared for such a high number, with the help of mighty Allah, we could handle the crowd. Yet, this is the biggest Mozilla Event in Rajshahi.

PS: For my real slow net connection, I could not attach any photos to this post, but if you want, you can see them all from here.


Webmaker Kiosk at BIW2015, Rajshahi

[[Disclaimer: This blog is written for those who can not wait to know how the event went. This contain no photos, as I don’t have them right now and barely contains any link. To see the final version, you have to wait a few days.]]

Bangladesh is a developing country. The current Government has promised the nation to present a fully digital country by 2021. This is currently buzzed as Vision 2021. To materialize this vision of a digital country, the government is greatly focusing on ITC development by opening various portal for public service and encouraging various types of e-commerce. To support and let people know about these services they could avail through the Internet (web) a fair was held at Nankin Bazar, Rajshahi on 9th September, 2015 as a part of the Bangladesh Internet Week celebration.

Mozilla has been developing tools to help people surf and use the web safely. But, in recent years it has focused on sharing and making on the web. In 2015, Mozilla has introduced a new Android application named Webmaker, which focuses on content sharing on the web, without any prior knowledge of programming or web page generating. The whole app works with simple touch gestures and drag ‘n drop. So, it’s pretty easy to use and almost everyone can use it.

A few days ago, Mahay Alam Khan Bhai and Belayet Bhai open called for volunteers to help in the kiosks around the country. From their tweets and Facebook posts, I came to know about this opportunity. Then, they organized us, and provided us with necessary tools. They also tried really hard to get the kiosks for the demonstration purpose. Luckily, we could manage a Kiosk for demonstrating the Webmaker App in BIW2015 Rajshahi.

Me and Papun bhai, reached the venue at around 9AM, while we were on the way, we thought we’d be late but it surprised us when we reached the venue we were the early birds. After finding our kiosk we were disappointed to see that, our kiosk had a misspelled tag, written “Mozila” on it. So, without any delay we called the authorities and I gave them a paper with the correct spelling. Then, I unwrapped the banners and started planning where to put all the banners and other stuff. After finding the sweet spot, I held the banners in position and Papun bhai secured them with tapes. After all banners were secured, we started counting and arranging our swags, stickers and pamphlets. Luckily by that time they had swapped the misspelled tag with the correct one.

At around 10 AM Istiaque bhai joned the party! By the time he joined us, all the exhibitors and other participants were called outside to witness the grand opening of BIW 2015 Rajshahi. There

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications & Information Technology, gave inspiring speech and lots of other thing.

At around 11AM, we got back to our Kiosk, this time with our Photographer Tumon bhai, his friend Fuad and another Mozillian Robin.

The stream of visitors were attracted to our kiosk as it was the first kiosk. So, God, we had to deal with a lot of people, a lot. From the very beginning our kiosk was almost full every minute. We had Six volunteers for demonstration and I don’t remember if I saw them sitting or being idle for a single minute. We were asking everyone to get their phone out and download the app then we encouraged them to open an account and made them familiar with the concept and idea behind Webmaker. Actually, I got a few interesting visitors, who wanted to go deep and I had to talk with them over 5 minutes. They asked about, how Webmaker is different from other online content sharing platforms like WordPress and Blogger. And many others wanted to know how to share, who can visit their makes, to whom these are visible, will their name will be removed if someone remixes their makes and tons of other interesting questions. We were giving away, awesome Webmaker stickers, whoever downloaded the app at our kiosk or could show the app installed in their phone! It was Awesome that, I was lucky enough that, one visitor, met me outside, after the fair, and showed me his first project, which were basically selfies with his buddies. The booth was so busy that our Photographer Tumon bhai actually got tired. So, I asked for his camera and told him to demonstrate the App while I took the Photos. The people who knew me and visited the fair cut jokes on me saying, “Hey, Mahir, from Developer to Photographer? What’s wrong with you man?”, I just smiled as I literary didn’t have anytime to talk with them unless they were the visitors of our kiosk.

At around, 1:30PM, We decided to split up for lunch and four of us, including me went for the lunch, while the others remained at the kiosk to demonstrate and welcome visitors. When we returned, the other party went for lunch. Surprisingly, they were able to attend 10 visitors by the time we were at lunch!

The event ended at 4PM, after rolling up everything, we headed for our home at 5PM with no energy left.

This event was great! With events like this, we can get into the mainstream lot easier. I think we should participate these kinds of events every time we get chance!

MozCafe, #FoxYeah -Rajshahi

Every company or organization wants it’s products to be used by thousands of people. Mozilla is no exception. Thousands of people use their flagship product, Firefox Web Browser but in the journey it has changed a lot since it’s release. Dozens of features like “Reader View”, “Hello” have been added to make it more useful and friendly. But, it is true that only a few people knows and uses the new cutting edge features. So, Mozilla asked it’s volunteers from all over the globe to call in people and while chatting with them, let them know about the ever improving Firefox browser. Mozilla code named this campaign #FoxYeah

As a part of #FoxYeah campaign, MozCafes were done all over the world. When I came to know about this initiative, I reached out the man who was in-charge and discussed about arranging a event in Rajshahi. It was scheduled on 10th July at 6 PM. On the day, I along with Abdullah-Al-Mamun and Rownak Rehan Chowdhury started for the venue at 5 PM on a Rickshaw.

Selfie on a Rickshaw
Going to the venue on a Rickshaw

Reaching the venue, F&F Live Restaurant, we started decorating the place with banners, placards and other things as well.

Look carefully on the tables, Red Panda head? 😀
Close view
Maker party season was ahead, so used Maker party lanyards 😀
Banner hanging from the Roof
Banner on stand

After being done with the decoration, we had some free time and we took some photographs.

The thing in my hand was meant to be mask 😀

After a few moments the guests started coming and we got ourselves busy with the serious talking.

Spotted me? damn!
Getting familiar with people
Saud vi getting started with the formal session

After we’d met all the people we started talking about “why” actually we called the people. Saud vi stood up and started all the formal talk, yeah, he was formal -_-

After him, I started talking about why the existence of Firefox was ever important. I also asked why they use or don’t use Firefox and found some good points.

Stating why he loves Firefox

Then people were dived into groups to have a slight brainstorm regarding promoting Firefox more efficiently as a MozCafe to promote Firefox is not always an efficient way.


After this session we had the food and then we took some photographs in front of the banner.

You can find more photographs here.

মেকারপার্টি, চাঁপাইনবাবগঞ্জ

১৫ জুলাই হতে ১৫ সেপ্টেম্বর এ বছরের মেকারপার্টি সীজন। তাই ফেসবুক আর টুইটার জুড়ে শুধুই মেকারপার্টি আর মেকারপার্টি! আরেক কথায় আকাশে বাতাসে মেকারপার্টি!!!

প্রথমেই মেকারপার্টি নিয়ে সংক্ষেপে কিছু কথা বলে নি, মেকারপার্টি মূলত ওয়েবমেকারদের মিলন মেলা। মেকারপার্টিতে ওয়েবমেকারগণ একত্রিত হন এবং সম্মিলিত প্রচেষ্টায় অসাধারন কিছু কন্টেন্ট ওয়েবে তৈরী করেন। ওয়েবে কন্টেন্ট তৈরীর জন্য বিভিন্ন ব্যাবস্থা থাকলেও মোজিলা তার “ওপেন ওয়েব” ফিলোসফিকে ছড়িয়ে দেবার জন্য ও ওয়েবের খুটিনাটি সকলের কাছে উন্মুক্ত করতে ওয়েবমেকার নামক প্রজেক্ট শুরু করে। মূলত ওয়েবমেকারগণ নানা গুরুত্বপূর্ণ বিষয়াদি তাদের মেক এর মাধ্যমে তুলে ধরেন।

গেল ১৬ জুলাই আমি, হিমু এর সহযোগিতায় তার বাড়িতে একটি মেকারপার্টির আয়োজন করি। আমার মূল উদ্দেশ্য ছিল যারা ওয়েবমেকার সম্পর্কে কিছু জানে না তাদের ওয়েবমেকার ও এর উদ্দেশ্য সম্পর্কে জানানো। তাই আমি হিমুর বাড়িতে আমার আরো ৯ জন বন্ধুকে মেকার পার্টির জন্য আমন্ত্রন জানাই। এরা ছিল ওয়েব সম্পর্কে সম্পূর্ণ অনভিজ্ঞ তাই আমার করা প্রথম কাজটি ছিল এদের টুলস গুলি সম্পর্কে ধারনা দেয়া। টুলস সম্পর্কে ধারনা দেবার পরে আমি তাদের সামনে ওয়েবমেকার ফিলোসফি গুলি একেএকে তুলে ধরি। তারপর তাদের বুঝিয়ে দেয় যে তারা প্রধানত দুই ধরনের কন্টেন্ট মেক করতে পারে, এক: তথ্য শেয়ার করার জন্য আর দুই: বিভিন্ন বিষয় শিক্ষা দেবার জন্য। প্রাথমিক এইসব ধারনা দেবার পর তাদের পরিচয় করাই বাংলাদেশী সংষ্কৃতি রক্ষার্থে এবছরের ওয়েবমেকার বাংলাদেশ নির্ধারিত থিম বাংলামেক এর সাথে। এরপর সীমিত সংখ্যক পিসি ও নেটের কারনে মোট ১০ জন নতুন অংশগ্রহন কারীকে আমি ৫ টি আলাদা আলাদা গ্রুপে বিভক্ত করে দেই। এতে যেমন তারা নিজেদের মধ্যে আলোচনা করে ভাল কাজ করার সুযোগ পায় তেমনি নেট ও পিসির অভাবটাও পুষিয়ে যায়। টানা আড়াই ঘন্টা গুগলিং, ফটো আপলোডিং, হ্যাকিং, রিমিক্সিং এর পর আমাদের মেকার পার্টি শেষ হয়।

যদিও আমার আশানারূপ মেক পার্টি চলাকালীন তৈরী সম্ভব হয়নি, তারপও আমি এটিকে একটি সফল ইভেন্ট হিসেবে ধরছি, কারন ৫ টি গ্রুপ ৩টি মেক পার্টি চলাকালীন শেষ করেছে, বিভিন্ন সমস্যা থাকা সত্তেও। এছাড়াও, এই ইভেন্টের মাধ্যমে ১০ জন সম্পূর্ণ অনভিজ্ঞদের ওয়েবমেকার নিয়ে ধারণা দেয়া হয়েছে।

চাাঁপাইনবাবগজ্ঞ মেকারপার্টিতে কি কি মেক হয়েছে জানতে এখানে ক্লিক করুন।