Celebrating Firefox’s 10th Birthday!

I am open source enthusiast & I love serving for Mozilla & Firefox. Again wishing very very happy birthday to Mozilla Firefox, this 10th anniversary is no ordinary birthday, it’s celebration of a journey started a decade back. I am pleased to be a part of this program and definitely Firefox is my independent choice.

Random pictures from  photo booth
Random pictures from photo booth

On 10th November, Mozilla Pakistan organized an event to celebrate Firefox’s birthday at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Prioir to the event, we organized “Mozilla Pakistan Logo Contest”, so that we could announce the winner on the special Firefox day. Event day started with photo booth, capturing pictures of Firefox enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, we also started Gaming competition and Demo of Firefox OS tablets. Before the event, we decided to use gaming bundle of Mozilla; but we were unable to get it so, we replaced it with gaming competition on BananaBread from the Mozilla Demo Studio, and two from the Firefox OS Marketplace, Zombie Apocalypse and Flappy Bird. Large number of students participated in the gaming event. Participants had great a time around.

Playing BananaBread (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)
Playing BananaBread (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)
BNU faculty member are having demo of Firefox tablets (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)
BNU faculty member are having demo of Firefox tablets (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)

In Mozilla Pakistan Logo Contest we received an overwhelming number of entries; all of them were really amazing efforts, however after a lot of discussion and reviewing we finalized our top 3. All entries were great, and Mozilla Pakistan is thankful to every artist, who contributed his/her efforts for the community. Following are the results:

1) Usman Khalid (Winner)
2) Menahil Butt (Runner-up)
3) Bilal A. Salimi (2nd runner-up)

Usman Khalid (winner)
Usman Khalid (winner)
Menahil Butt (Runner-up)
Menahil Butt (Runner-up)
Bilal Ahmed (2nd Runner-up)
Bilal Ahmed (2nd Runner-up)

At the end, the gaming competition winner was announced. After that all Pakistani Mozillians shared a delicious “Mozilla” cake, followed by a cheesy pizza party. Everyone enjoyed a lot as well as learned a lot. Proud to be a Mozillian!

Firefox cake (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)
Firefox cake (Photo credit: Fatemeh Mahdavi)
Group photo (Photo credit: Farooq Saleemi)
Group photo (Photo credit: Farooq Saleemi)
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Teaching Open Web To the New Generation

I am showing them the output and telling them about the different tags
I am showing them the output and telling them about the different tags

On 16 June 2014, Shahmir & I conducted a Mozilla Introductory Session for the summer school students at Plan9. The audience was relatively younger than what we have experienced before, this time students were from middle school to high school. We liaised them about the history of the Internet with Mozilla Story. We explained them that what role Mozilla is playing to make web ‘open’ for all. Later they were introduced to Mozilla’s mission as well. This session was followed the Mozilla Introductory videos. Lastly they were also introduce to the webmaker tools. We also demonstrated Mozilla thimble to show them how easy it is to make webpages and remix them.

The response from the students was overwhelming. They were amazed to know about Mozilla’s mission, voluntarily promised to spread the word. And a Funny thing started happening after this session was that  some of the students now call us “Mozilla Waley Bhai”.

Me and Shahmir telling them about Internet and Mozilla
Me and Shahmir telling them about Internet and Mozilla

 

Summer camp students in introductory session
Summer camp students in introductory session

 

Shahmir showing them how to code
Shahmir showing them how to code

Firefox Pakistan Launch Event

On May 10th 2014, Mozilla Pakistan Community organized it’s first large-scale event, which was hosted at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. The Invitation for the event was open to all and a few special guests were invited including Lahore brigade members of the Code for Pakistan, university teachers, tech bloggers of LahoreHaris Nadeem Google Developer Group (GDG) manager and young entrepreneurs from Plan9 which are currently part of the Plan9 incubation program with me. Firefox launch event witnessed people coming from all over the Pakistan. One group of Mozillians came from Kashmir, to specially attend the event which is 395km away from Lahore. The group from Kashmir was eager to know about know Mozilla technologies as they were open source technology enthusiasts.

14186913883_28023c3775_oGroup of mozillian from Kashmir – Photo Credit: Zahbia Sarfraz

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Haris Nadeem sitting in the audience – Photo Credit: Farooq Saleemi

All the volunteers pitched in early in the morning by putting up balloons and streamers in the event area. A registration desk was also setup where the attendees were given their name tags and Firefox swag.

13976980078_9aa93007ee_oMadiha,Faizan Khan and Kamran Tahir on registration desk – Photo Credit: Salman Ansari

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Event Preparation – Photo Credit: Faisal Raja


Event commenced at 11 am. Talaal Burny hosted the evening in an amazing way. We gave six special giveaway prizes held across several different competitions. The first talk was given by the Asad Sajjad on “How to get Involved in Mozilla”. The talk was very informative for the audience.

14139556256_287803e362_bAsad Sajjad giving presentation on “How to get involved in Mozilla” – Photo Credit: Farooq Saleemi

This was followed by talk on different cutting edge technologies and products by Mozilla, delivered by Shahmir Khan. Shahmir’s talk was very interesting and informative. The audience was amazed by the knowledge he shared.

14182573863_03e665cfec_bShahmir Khan presenting the Mozilla technologies – Photo Credit: Farooq Saleemi

After Shahmir, we had Fawad Hassan’s talk on Firefox OS. Fawad Hassan travelled all the way from Islamabad to deliver this Firefox OS talk. Fawad’s talk was very exciting from the audience, and people asked a lot of questions. He coded an app on-spot during the talk to show that how easy it was to code an application for Firefox OS (using open web technologies). This was followed by myself and Muhammad Hasan, as we gave a demo on new features of the latest Firefox. When I showed the new features to the audience they were very impressed with the amount of customization that the new browser offers. The feedback from the audience was very positive.

14161957785_37c46944a3_bMuhammad Hasan and myself giving Demo – Photo Credit: Farooq Saleemi

 

After the Firefox demo, there was a panel discussion – comprised of Huda Sarfraz, Shahmir Khan, Asad Sajjad, Muhammad Hasan, Fawad Hasan and myself – question and answer session it was in which the attendees asked queries related to the new Firefox. The panel addressed all issues raised by the audience very well and left the attendees convinced that the new design is something they should all be excited about. After the panel Q and A session, Huda Sarfraz gave the closing notes and summarized the entire event in her talk. Then, everyone left for lunch – during which we had various Mozilla associated stalls, where our newly recruited volunteers were guiding people about new technologies and ways to contribute to Mozilla. We also had a super-cool photo-booth, all pictures taken at the booth and the event can been seen at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/imsaleemi/sets/72157644592641702
https://www.flickr.com/photos/salman-ansari-photography/sets/72157644213619400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44794267@N00/sets/72157644680136193

13966309897_410c1d48a0_oPanel Q & A session- Photo Credit: Farooq Saleemi

After the lunch and photo booth competition the ceremony resumed, as we announced the winner of best tweet competition, Mozilla selfie competition and best photo-booth click competition this was followed by surprised cake.

The special thanks to Huda Sarfraz for organizing this event and to BNU Mozillians for putting there full efforts in the event.

14163520794_6bcd94db2a_oFirefox Launch Cake Photo Credit: Salman Ansari

14155076811_ca57c3d190_o Group photo of event organizers – Photo Credit: Shahrukh Birmani 

14186890583_57fce7e7f1_oGroup photo with the Mozilla community members – Photo Credit: Zahbia Sarfraz

Mozilla Pakistan Meetup

The journey began on May 2nd & 3rd 2014, as Mozilla Pakistan held their first official Meet-up at Beaconhouse National University, Tarogil Campus. This meet-up was attended by core Mozillians including myself, Shahmir Khan, Huda Sarfraz, Muhammad Hassan, Talaal Burny, Asad Sajjad and a few more members of the BNU Mozilla Club.

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Huda Sarfraz, Mehmood Ali, Shahmir khan, Muhammad Hassan, Hamad baloch and Usman Tariq

The agenda of the meeting was as following:

  1. Get Familiar with each other
  2. Planning for the upcoming events
  3. Strategic Planning for Firefox Launchpad
  4. Editing Videos for the event
  5. Designing the Mozilla Pakistan Website

In this Meet-up, we met Karachi-based contributor- Muhammad Hassan, for first time. Muhammad Hassan told us that how he started contributing for Mozilla & shared other experiences. After the ice-breaking we started planning about the Firefox Launchpad. Huda Sarfraz assigned all the duties at the end of discussions. On second day, we all held a discussion on the ‘design’ of the website and what function it should have. Amazingly we launched the website it before the Launch Event, you can visit it Mozilla Pakistan at http://mozilla-pakistan.org/.

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Asad Sajjad, Mehmood Ali, Shahmir khan, Muhammad Hassan, Hamad baloch and Usman Tariq