“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek .” With this thought few engineering students decided to make a change and the change was to make world a better place to live. Not to live but to live with some better aspects.
It is never late to make a change. A change is where there is a initialisation of a thought and thatswhy “Make With Mozilla” was the initiative taken to give people a stage for representing their thought infront of the world.
How I became a part of it
One fine sunday morning Arkodyuti made a call to me and told me that there is going to be an event. My reply was “when and where is the event”. He told me that we are going to organise this event. I was like how we can manage to hold up an event and who will be funding us for that as we don’t have any sponsors. His reply was we manage it somehow. His only question to me was “are you coming with us?”, and my reply to him in the very next second was “yes i will, rather i will love to work for it”. And that is how I got the opportunity to be a part of it.
Behind the scenes
It is quite obvious that holding up this event within the preparation period of just 1 month was actually a tough task for us, to be more precise a tough task to hold up a community event in a city like Chennai where you can’t even speak their native language. And being students of 1st and 2nd years of an engineering college making this happen was the biggest step in our lives and thatswhy it is been told “if you are working with a team its important to have faith in your team members and that is what Arkodyuti had on us.We had to face a lot of difficulties whether it was about the sponsorship or uploading the website. But the whole team was working day and night for this.
Time was flying like anything and just two days were left but the venue for the event was still not done. The registration for the event was also an issue. As the announcement of the event was done in less than a month for that reason the number of participants were not in that amount for which we had planned for. But somehow we managed to sort all this thing. The booking of the venue was done before the last night of the event.It was 12 in the night and everyone of us were at Arkodyuti’s place still planning for the day tomorrow. Tomorrow was a big day for all of us.
“When you have a big day but you can’t fall asleep because you are too excited and meanwhile scared about it.”
It was 6 am and volunteers had arrived at the venue. Volunteers from VIT University and Satyabhama University had also reached up there.
Setting up the venue
The photographers and videographers taking the perfect angle for the event
The Big Day
It was 9 am and the participants had started to come. The participants were getting their registration verified at the registration desk.
Meanwhile the speakers also arrive. And the event got started with a warm greeting by the hosts of the event- Azhar and Varun
About The Event
Mozilla is a open-source community, created in 1998. The Mozilla community uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products, thereby promoting exclusively free software and open standards, with only minor exceptions.
“The Mozilla project uses a community-based approach to create world-class open source software and to develop new types of collaborative activities”.
Mozilla’s manifesto mentions only its beliefs in regards to the Internet and Internet privacy, and has no mention of any political or social viewpoints.
According to the Mozilla Foundation:
The Mozilla Foundation pledges to support the Mozilla Manifesto in its activities. Specifically, we will:
- Build and enable open-source technologies and communities that support the Manifesto’s principles
- Build and deliver great consumer products that support the Manifesto’s principles
- Use the Mozilla assets (intellectual property such as copyrights and trademarks, infrastructure, funds, and reputation) to keep the Internet an open platform
- Promote models for creating economic value for the public benefit and
- Promote the Mozilla Manifesto principles in public discourse and within the Internet industry.
Picture taken during Shreyas Narayanan Kutty giving the knowledge about open source communities. Shreyas is a Mozilla Representative and he contributes towards open source.
Varun Raj taking session on “how to push code into a cloud”
Ideas That Can Make Change
“An idea is what required to make a change. You come up with your idea and we are there to guide you”.
Participants interacting with the speakers
3D Printing Demonstration by REDD ROBOTICS
Shreyas Narayanan Kutty Varun Raj