Common Voice Ranchi Sprint

Common Voice is a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. To create voice systems, developers need an extremely large amount of voice data. Most of the data used by large companies aren’t available to the majority of people. We think that stifles innovation. So we’ve launched Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open and accessible to everyone! Raise your voice and get involved!

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We in Ranchi decided to host a series of events to achieve a certain goal for Common Voice.

The goal of this series was to achieve 6000 Clips of Audio Spoken from each participant, and tell you upfront, we did!

We kept the event on each Friday with limited participants:

  • Wasaf: 790
  • Kashif: 935
  • Barkatullah: 700
  • Parwez: 324
  • Arbaz: 504
  • Saif: 609
  • Ekram: 1008
  • Rizwan: 450
  • Mahtab: 456
  • Masood: 325
  • Yusuf: 312
  • Ritesh: 367
  • Aamir: 498

Next Friday on Aug 9, the counts were: Farhan and Wasim joined as from this event

  • Wasaf: 1590
  • Kashif: 1835
  • Barkatullah: 1865
  • Parwez: 1504
  • Arbaz: 2094
  • Saif: 1605
  • Ekram: 1908
  • Rizwan: 1490
  • Mahtab: 1206
  • Masood: 1625
  • Yusuf: 1112
  • Ritesh: 767
  • Aamir: 1498
  • Farhan: 676
  • Wasim: 754

Next Friday on Aug 16, the counts were:

  • Wasaf: 2407
  • Kashif: 2935
  • Barkatullah: 3261
  • Parwez: 3514
  • Arbaz: 3094
  • Saif: 1905
  • Ekram: 4808
  • Rizwan: 2490
  • Mahtab: 3206
  • Masood: 2125
  • Yusuf: 4312
  • Ritesh: 2567
  • Aamir: 3444
  • Farhan: 1835
  • Wasim: 1987

Next Friday on Aug 23, the counts were: This Friday, I was not present, Mahtab took the lead and organized the event.

  • Wasaf: 4432
  • Kashif: 4935
  • Barkatullah: 4261
  • Parwez: 4513
  • Arbaz: 4592
  • Saif: 3400
  • Ekram: 8808
  • Rizwan: 4490
  • Mahtab: 4206
  • Masood: 5124
  • Yusuf: 5213
  • Ritesh: 4765
  • Aamir: 5312
  • Farhan: 3832
  • Wasim: 3943

We skipped next Friday and organized our last event on Saturday, Aug 31, the counts were:

  • Wasaf: 6328
  • Kashif: 6010
  • Barkatullah: 6261
  • Parwez: 5513
  • Arbaz: 6000
  • Saif: 5700
  • Ekram: 12434
  • Rizwan: 6053
  • Mahtab: 4206 (Absent)
  • Masood: 5124 (Absent)
  • Yusuf: 5213 (Absent)
  • Ritesh: 6765
  • Aamir: 6839
  • Farhan: 4791
  • Wasim: 5200

In Total, we have managed to verify 92,437 Audio Clips

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All the Volunteers are continuing this journey and will be taking part in Common Voice Booth at DevFest Ranchi on 22nd September.

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Beta Testing BugHunting

Hello Everyone, It’s been almost 9 months since I wrote a blog. There are pending blogs coming soon from Oct 2018, which includes my journey experience and speaking experience from southeast Asia.

After a series of WebExtension events in Ranchi, It was time to test our Favorite browser, we organized two BugHunting events one on 25-May-2019 and next on 09-June-2019.

The first event started with downloading the Firefox Preview after signing and setting up the Google Play account. We have also discussed the importance of Bug and why one should always report.

Mozilla was launching a NEW Android web browser and they needed us to get it ready for the free and open web.

We followed How to Bug Hunt section of https://events.mozilla.org/becomeabetatestingbughunter and Shared the bug entry details

The event concluded with some delicious food at dinner as most of them were keeping Ramadan Fast. So, we preferred the night to do the event.

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The second event had a different goal, we divided the team into two, one who attended previous Bug Hunting Event and the second set of people were new to Bug Hunting.

For newbies were followed the above steps and for ones who attended the previous event, were asked to go through bugs faced by each other and helping others to file the bug they encounter. We have submitted 56 bugs in total using bug entry.

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We concluded the event with awesome food and more bugs!!

Some of the feedback/ bugs we found:

  • It is showing less advertisements
  • It suggest sites automatically( autofill )
  • Multiple tabs works very smoothly
  • Save collection of sites
  • we can blacklist sites
  • we can block microphone while using this browser
  • jharkhand.result.com crashes a lot
  • instagram works smoothly
  • Do not allow to go back from websites such as maps.google.com
  • No Download options
  • Download tracking is not available
  • lags while scrolling to websites like facebook.com
  • Data saving option is not available

Some specific bugs/feedback

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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.

 

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Dedication shown by the participants.

 

 

 

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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.

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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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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

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