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 Lahore, Haris 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.
Group of mozillian from Kashmir – Photo Credit: Zahbia Sarfraz
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.
Madiha,Faizan Khan and Kamran Tahir on registration desk – Photo Credit: Salman Ansari
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.
Asad 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.
Shahmir 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.
Muhammad 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:
Panel 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.
Firefox Launch Cake – Photo Credit: Salman Ansari
Group photo of event organizers – Photo Credit: Shahrukh Birmani
Group photo with the Mozilla community members – Photo Credit: Zahbia Sarfraz