Mozilla Localization Sprint at Dr.Pauls Engineering College,Pondy

On a Week of a Day, Khaleel(REP) bro called me, and said He gonna Make a Mozilla L10n(Localization) Sprint Workshop in pondy at “Dr.Pauls Engineering College”. And He Gave me an Opportunity to Talk about FOSS in that Workshop. So We Discussed lot and He Invited Abhiram(RAL) from Bangalore. He is One of the Most Awesome Contributor in India. So Im Verymuch Interested to See Abhiram. We are the Three Mozillians Organizing the Localization Sprint Workshop.

We 3 Mozillains Arrived in Dr.pauls Engineering College, Pondy City.

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It was an Awesome College, Where all Sides are Natural and Greenish in Color, All kinds of tress are planted.

The efforts of the college’s dean & Khaleel bro needs a noteworthy mention, he was the sole reason we could organize an event there. 

I Just QuickStart with me  briefing the 40 odd participants with fundamentals of open source software and its philosophy.

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The session was well received by all the Partcipants , putting up myslides for the event(http://www.slideshare.net/amdadam5/free-software-philosophy-and-its-freedoms-by-mohammed-adam)

This followed by our presence organizer Khaleel giving a talk and demo on how to get started with Pootle. He first described the importance of localization in a very creative and catchy manner that I’m sure struck a cord with all the participants there with me included! I made my very own Pootle account too! The mentor thus became a participant himself. Khaleel then gave a demo of how to get started with translating the strings. He gave specific emphasis about what to do and what not to do!

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This was followed by a delicious and homely lunch organized by the college at their premises. After lunch, Abhiram started an ice-breaker to help everyone know each other better.

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This is what he Did-

  • Split everyone into 6 groups of 6-7 each
  • Introduce oneself to group members
  • Gave them a time slot of 5 minutes, within which they had to jot  all the new words they learnt from the morning’s session
  • Whichever group has the highest number of buzz words, wins!

This activity helped the participants bond well with each other and it helped them activate their grey cells after a heavy lunch!

These are the Team of Participants photos

 

 

We then moved on to the FSA slideshow, where I explained what one can do as a part of the program! This was followed by a open source overview and then a FSA recruitment activity where 40+ participants signed up as proud ambassadors of the open web!

Abhiram Explains about Opensource  (http://www.slideshare.net/AbhiramRavikumar/a-kickstart-into-open-source)

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Atlast we gave Mozillatee for an Activity Participant in the College, and Also distributed some swags for all 40Participants

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We Taken a Awesome Groupiee Photos with Pauls College Students

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The evening included a blissful hitch, discussion about life and philosophy with Khaleel and Abhiram – local FOSS enthusiasts. Beach was a welcome relief, after an intense discussion and a heavy heart, I bid goodbye to the lovely city of Pondy! Thanks to Khalel bro for giving me such an Opportunity and Thanks to Abhiram for Coming to pondy.

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