WebVR @ LPU

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.

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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.

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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?

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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 🙂

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We will be seen together soon in IIT-BHU.

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A-frame Bug Fixing Contest

Hello Mozilla India!
We are inviting all the new developers as well as everyone else interested in contributing,  to take part in the A-Frame bug fixing contest. A quick description for those who don’t know, A-Frame is an open-source web framework for building virtual reality experiences for the web[1]. Your tasks will involve checking the open good-first-bugs in the A-Frame framework[2] as well as the A-Frame official website[3]. Bonus points for fixing advanced bugs! [4] 😉
Steps to get started:
  • Visit the links [2] and [3] and comment  “I want to work on this”  on the issue you decide to work upon.
  • Ask for help if you need. You will get enough help from the A-Frame team as well as the WebVR-India team.
  • Fork the repository on GitHub.
  • Run npm install and npm run dev to serve the test examples.
  • Make changes to your fork of the repository.
  • If necessary, write unit tests and run with npm test.
  • Submit a pull request to the master branch.
  • Address review comments if any.
  • Once you have fixed the issue, report it to the community as well, using the issue 33 under volunteer-contributions[5].
 
What’s in it for you?
  • Contributors who resolve the maximum number of bugs (Top 5), will get a Sony Xperia Z3C to hack and explore!
  • Amongst the remaining ones, the contributors who have fixed a minimum of three bugs will get a special T-shirt from WebVR India! 
And this doesn’t just end here! While fixing these bugs you will get more familiar with the codebase of A-frame, which will enhance your skills as well as be a great help for the exciting open-source project. As you continue, you will be able to fix a lot more bugs for A-Frame as well as develop for awesome features for the framework. And eventually you become a ‘WebVR Hack Star‘, who can guide others to become like them!
So what are you waiting for, jump on the links right away and get started! 
For any queries whatsoever, contact @shaguftamethwani or @mdsbzalam on Telegram

Jaipur Uses Firefox Nightly

It was an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly in Jaipur as it is happening throughout India. Through this event we wanted be building strong technical community in Jaipur which will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basic which is a great way to get involved to a Mozilla project.

Event started with a brief introduction of Mozilla and What is Firefox Nightly? And then we have shared the nightly file so that everyone has nightly browser to explore and use on a daily basis. As they were installing on their computer I talked about importance of nightly user and what great impact it gives back to community when we use this browser and file a bug if any in nightly browser.

After the installation we have discussed about two methods of filing bug. One for the browser specific , use bugzilla and for website which are not compatible in nightly, use webcompat . Also gave a demo of Nightly Tester Tools extension and how they an use it in the browser.

During the event we shared pictures on social media and used profile changer and shared the details of campaign and nightly on twitter. Also one of the participant filed two bugs, one on bugzilla and one on webcompat . Everyone will be using this browser on a daily basis and we are looking forward for more bugs to be filed .

MozCoffee Jaipur

When you see people around you, have enough potential to lead a project or be a mentor to someone . Its your duty to guide them to a proper channel so that they follows the same. Recently I became Mozilla Rep , went to the same place where I organized my first Mozilla event.

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In this event we focused on guiding new members to a proper channel and passing the roles and responsibilities to Active members . Event started with a general introduction of Open Source and how Mozilla is related to it. Ways to contribute in Mozilla. And other areas of contribution. In this process we have filtered the participants and get to know they all are technically sound and have come to this event to learn something new .

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So we split the participants into two group where we had a small session of WebExtension and they developed their first add-on. Everyone was Excited!!! to see their work in front of their eyes.

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After the event we had a group picture.

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More pics : flick

We then proceeds towards discussing new plans for the community and how to track them .

  • 10 Events in 10 Different Colleges of Rajasthan. Introduction of Mozilla and establishment of a Mozilla Club in their college, so that we can have a channel to be in touch with them and guide them on a regular basis.
  • 3 Hackathons based on Rust, WebVR and Firefox in general which will include other development sessions such as WebExtensions,QA and l10n.
  • MozCoffee Event with the Club lead of all the Colleges and few active contributors in my community to guide them to be a mentor not a leader.
  • Each month at least 3 colleges, 1 Hackathon and 1 Meetup.

MozActivate MITS & Unicorn Club

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It all started in the month of January when i requested Mehul Patel to file an event on behalf of me. He is a helpful person who really want to spread the Mozilla Love to all corners of India not only to his region. I met him during the MakerParty’17 in Ahmedabad.

So he filed the event and he make sure that everything is arranged. As the time come for the event which is 18th and 19th Feb, 2017 I was informed by one of the Club member of Mozilla MITS that their administration in not allowing them to have this event. So we have to postpone the dates as they are willing to have this event after Holi ( i.e during 18th-19th March ) but it didn’t happen again. So finally after this much effort and continuous rejection few members of the Club is ready to attend this event and get back to their college and take a fresh start.

It was a Sunday morning when students from MITS came to jaipur for a meeting where we discussed about the failure of their club and what all difficulties they were facing. It was a wonderful time to introduce the Collaborative Club culture where clubs from different cities which work together to accomplish a common goal.

Unicorn Club members also came to the venue where they have said the same problem as MITS said. How to Start ? Where to start with ? And What we need to do as a beginner ?

Event started with a brief introduction of all of the participant and answer to a question. What problem did he faced in Mozilla Club?

So here goes the structure I presented them :

  • Join the proper information channel from where they’ll get to know what is happening in Mozilla in general. eg Facebook Group,Telegram,Discourse, mailing-list.
  • I told them my story , how I came in mozilla and what mozilla gave me.
  • Mozilla Campus Club. What is it? How they can get the benefits? What all activities they can do.
  • WebVR , What is WebVR and how to get started in A-frame.
  • MozActivate’s projects: Rust,WebVR,TestPilot and WebCompat were discussed and how to get started with these.
  • As a fresher they can start with QA, L10n and SuMo what they were already doing in past.
  • We prepared a time line where each club will be having a small sprint of each projects discussed above. To start with they will have a follow up event where they will be testing add-ons listed in TestPilot website.
  • Also they were told about the necessary things they have to do before and after the event. Involve , spread and share about the their event in proper medium and blog,pictures and feedback after the event.

Then we had an awesome lunch with all the participants. They really loved the food…

 

After the lunch we had a basic WebVR session where the MITS members learn about A-frame in detail also experienced the scenes on VR-Box. I had few swags to give away for the members of MITS which I distributed with them.

 

Here are the blogpost of some of the participants:

Ishan Kumar : https://ishankumarik.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/mozilla-club-meet/

Mahtab Alam : https://medium.com/@AlamM1212/mozillameetup-b9a1464876f3

Ritesh Raj : http://ritesh07raj.blogspot.in/2017/04/campus-club-meetup.html

Sonia Tanwar : https://soniatanwar.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/a-new-beginning-with-mozilla/

Manu Saraswat : https://medium.com/@manusaraswat3006/re-mozuicorn-376ed1004a7

Aishwarya Ashok : http://aishwaryaashok.blogspot.in/2017/04/mozillian-coffee-day.html

Romani Josan : https://romjblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/mozilla-meet-up/

Neha Agarwal : http://nehaagarwal1996.blogspot.in/2017/04/mozilla-campus-club.html

 

Events Picture : link

More updates to follow….