VR and AR on the Web @ Cognizance 2018

Mozilla India’s first collaboration with Cognizance 2k18. Spreading the Mozilla mission in Changa. Also spreading awareness for online privacy, MozActivate campaign. Amongst students from all over Gujarat, in the technical fest hosted by CHARUSAT, Changa. This will be the 1st year when Mozilla India will be present at Cognizance or Changa.

Reps Event Page: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/cognizance-2018/

The event started with the formal introduction of the speakers, Pranshu Khanna and Md. Shahbaz Alam

Event pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/g68YGybpsALyJyCH9

We were fortunate to have good volunteers with us, who helped as managing this event Pratik, Sumed and Shivam.

Volunteers helping participants with their scenes.

Sharing the best pratices with the students and prize distribution.



Dedication shown by the participants.





Our Team



LinuxCon China

LinuxCon China was a technical conference for developers, operations experts (architects, sys admins, devops), business, compliance and legal leadership and other professionals to come together in an informal setting to learn from open source experts, have fascinating discussions, collaborate with peers, and gain a competitive advantage with innovative open solutions.

This year I got an opportunity to talk about and represent Auth0 and Mozilla at LinuxCon. It was a 3-day conference where My first talk was based on Serverless where I was representing Auth0 and next day I was representing Mozilla with A-frame and WebVR theme.


The first day was really amazing as I had to visit all the sponsor’s booth where I got swags and most importantly networking. My talk on Serverless was at 16:20 Chinese Time. It was wonderful to see many attendees waiting for the talk, I started the presentation where I discussed the basics of Client-Server architecture and why we need security layer and how one can get started with serverless. The response of the talk was really good as many came after the session for the get started link and to clear their doubts. It was a good day at the conference.

The second day, I had an open session at the CNCC, where I was given a space where attendees came to interact and know about the project. The project I was having was of A-frame and WebVR. It was really fun to interact with the Chinese attendees as many were unable to understand or speak English, so I had to use VPN to use Google Translate( good translation 🙂 ). Many were excited to know about A-frame since it requires a very little amount of background in computer science to get started. I have shared the links with them via email and wechat. It was a good day to conclude the conference and very happy to represent both Mozilla and Auth0.

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Lovely Professional University is a private university situated in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. It is a well know educational institutions in the country with around 34000 students and over 130 programs. Mrinal and I were invited to LPU for a workshop on WebVR ( Virtual Reality ). We reached LPU on 17th April and visited the campus.


The morning started with a good cup of tea

We reached the auditorium on time. And yes it was filled with 1300 students. One of the biggest auditorium I have seen till now.


The event started with a brief introduction of speakers and then I started the explaining the difference between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. Also Why we need these technologies?


Started with the Aframe Presentation slide to explain the basics of WebVR and A-frame. Students were really interested to know more about it.

After a while, students were getting bored, so I started with Virtual Girlfriend story ( Prathamesh’s story it is ) to explain the difference of VR, AR, and MR. And what all application we can build and solve real problems.

The event was really good, students asked many questions related to Mozilla, it’s product and Open Source in general. Would love to visit again 🙂


Event pics can be found https://www.shortto.com/mozillaevent

Virtual Reality @ Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)

Again trio has come together for a wonderful event. This time it was IIT-BHU. The event started with the introduction of the speakers, Shahbaz, Umesh and Prathamesh ( trio aka SUP ). Prathamesh started the session explaining the difference between VR, AR, and MR. People were amazed to know that they will be creating their VR experience after the brief presentation.

After Prathamesh, I talked about basics of WebVR and how easy it is to build in just a few lines of codes.

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The hacking began with remixing Hello World example on glitch.

In this blog, I’ll be using more pics to describe what happened in the event.


How many of you know Virtual Reality?


WebVR mentors helping participants in solving their problems.


Participants helping each other and more focus on the challenge. Yes, we do have our famous WebVR contest here too. Best scenes get an A-frame tee.

Time to see the VR experience on the headset. Participants loved their first experience and the best part was, they were seeing their own imagination and faces show all.

Playing with the LEAP, Leap Motion’s hand tracking technology is designed to be embedded directly into VR/AR headsets.



Trio with IIT-BHU Event Team


Following are the Scenes created by participants:

Visit the following link to experience the beauty of the WebVR.

It was a wonderful event, really love the enthusiasm of the participants. Full pack auditorium is what you often see in colleges. Will be in the loop with the participants and will be bringing them to the next stage.


Yup, we are back again and will be seen again.


Virtual Reality @ Hackfest, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

HackFest is IIT(ISM) Dhanbad’s 36-hour annual hackathon organized by the Computer Science and Engineering Society (CSES) and ACM Student Chapter, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad.

The event started with an introduction of speakers. Prathamesh, Umesh, and Shahbaz ( yep it’s me ), since we had limited time with us. So it was a quick talk-demo-workshop.


Prathamesh started with his favorite virtual girlfriend story to explain the concept of  Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. After a long and tiring hackathon, the audience seems interested and was into it.


I talked about the basics of WebVR, why we brought the VR on Web and what are their advantages. Used Kevin’s presentation for explaining the concept in details with his amazing presentation (https://aframevr.github.io/aframe-presentation-kit/).

After explaining what WebVR is, we asked participants to visit https://aframe.io/ and remix the hello world example on  http://glitch.com/


Due to the limited amount of time, participants couldn’t finish their idea. So we gave them a contest, where top 5 scenes will get a surprise gift from us.

And here comes, what we love most. After event photograph with the participants.


We will be seen together soon in IIT-BHU.


Footprints 2018

WebMR is a new technology which is in its initial stages. WebMR was the thing which has brought a huge participation at Baroda.

Everyone was eagerly waiting for us. Event started with a brief introduction of the speakers. Prathamesh Chavan and I talked about our love to open source.

Prathamesh talked about the differences of WebVR WebAR and WebMR. His way of relating things to virtual girlfriend has brought a new spark in attendees.



I talked about basics of Virtual reality and why we have brought the VR on Web. And how easy it is to code and experience the same.


Lunch time, we went to Nosh Farmaiye, best place in town for chicken kebabs. Must place to visit when you’re in town.


After the lunch we started the hand-on session of WebVR . And to do so nothing is better than a hello world example. We have used glitch to live demo the scenes.

First day concluded with the prize distribution to the top 5 teams.


Second day started with WebAR, I explained the differences and similarities in AR and VR. Here again started with hello world example using hero marker.
And talked about new features of AR and VR.

Definitely one day we would do a full session on WebMR.

Mozilla Contribution – 2017 : Thanks to Mozilla and Mozillians

Year started with the #PrivacyMonth Campaign an initiative to support digital privacy by Mozilla India. Actively participated in offline/online event and have created a profile changer for privacymonth.

Invited to be a part of MakerFest’17 where I mostly talked about WebVR and Privacy in general . Event page https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-india-makerfest-17-ahmedabad/

Get involved with Mozilla Reps Program and became an official mozilla rep : https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/ . Also I regularly attended 22 Reps Calls after becoming Mozilla Rep.

Organized and attended following events to bring community closer and focus on a particular active area of contribution.

  1. Maker Fest 2017 – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/January/5/44870/
  2. Jaipur Test Pilot Meetup – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/April/16/43960/
  3. MozActivate MITS – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/April/9/43867/
  4. MozCoffee Jaipur – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/April/19/43980/
  5. A-Frame Hacknight India – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/April/22/43808/
  6. India Uses FxNightly – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/May/1/43810/
  7. Rust Hack Jaipur- https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/May/7/43982/
  8. Jaipur Uses FxNightly – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/May/14/44280/
  9. RainOfRust Campaign – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/June/1/44704/
  10. A-frame bug fixing contest – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/June/10/45137/
  11. MozCoffee Ranchi – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/July/4/45389/
  12. MozAarambh Jharkhand Rai University – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/October/6/47065/
  13. Firefox 57 Sprint Ranchi – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/October/7/46688/
  14. WebVR India monthly calls – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/October/15/47787/
  15. WebVR Camp @ JRU – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/November/25/47793/
  16. MozCoffee Ranchi 2.0 – https://reps.mozilla.org/u/shahbaz/r/2017/December/10/48233/

Actively participated in Firefox Nightly campaign and also developed profile changer for the same campaign which is used by more than 300 people. Also organized Jaipur Uses Firefox Nightly where participants learned about the nightly browser and ways to contribute to it.

Moved to a new city,Ranchi, leaving Mozilla Community Rajasthan. Now I’m a volunteer at Mozilla Jharkhand Community. Organised many events and interacted with almost all the participants to know the problems of the community, which I talked about in my blogs.

Overall , the year was very much happening for me. Loking forward to contibue the same in 2018.

Happy new year