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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

 

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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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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.

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

Maker Fest 2018

Makerfest has been a place to explore and learn from all the makers and collaborators. This is my 2nd consecutive year as Volunteer from Mozilla India. This time I was there to represent Auth0 and talk about its service.

I joined the Mozilla booth for the WebVR session, a joint session taken by Prathamesh and me. We talked about the Virtual Reality on Web and played with the sample codes. Not to forget the VR experience provided to the attendees.

Doing good is part of our code.

 

It was a wonderful event, happy to come back next year again.

For detail report of this event, please follow Mehul’s blog

This is how the booth looked.

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WebVR Camp @ JRU, Ranchi

Event was the follow-up of MozAarambh . Students were very much excited to know about the Virtual reality  in our previous event. So we went again with A-frame and WebVR through WebVR Camp.

Event started with a warm welcome and introduction of WebVR. We have distributed Aframe postcards , thanks for the wonderful cheatsheet, to all the attendees so that they get to know about Aframe and WebVR in detail and how to get involved in it. With the brief walkthrough of agenda we went to the Computer Lab where the actual fun begun.

We started with the hello world example of A-frame, later everyone was able to mix and make their own hello world .

Scene made by Harsh

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Media coverage on local newspaper

 

All the projects developed during this event need few finishing after that we’ll be hosting them to a central repository. We are happy to see great ethusiasm among the students of Jharkhand Rai University, got to know more about the problems they had earlier too, I hope I’ll be able to fix few of them and with the support of the community we’ll make this Jharkhand community a productive one.

More pics can be found here : https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9M5a79

MozAarambh Jharkhand RAI University

I started my journey in Mozilla as a contributor to Mozilla Community Rajasthan and met many enthusiasts who inspired me to do  every possible contributions i could do to Mozilla and Open source in general. I am from Jharkhand , after returning from Rajasthan, I met a mozillian from Jharkhand community, Amit Singh , he is very passionate about learning new things and very much like the idea of working in open.

I got to know many problems of the people wanted to contribute. Major problem is the availability of support from Mozilla and Mozilla Reps in general. There are many Reps from this region , but unfortunatly they are working outside this state. They are very helpful in arranging things, but… But they want their presence, they want to hear them in person and want to know their success story, how they came to mozilla and why….. There are many more questions asked by few contributors who wanted to continue the same. I listed their questions and figured out many possible things we could do together to improve the contributions from this region.

I moved to Ranchi officially , it was the time when i was very busy with my work. A phone call rang, it was Amit , wanted to know if i can organize an event in Jharkhand Rai University. I said yes, definitely . He introduced me to Prof. Shudhanshu, after meeting him we fixed the date, 6th Oct. 2017. Made a poster , promoted in Jharkahnd Rai University.

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Event day, we reached the venue on time, we received a warm welcome. Prof. Shudhanshu introduced us infornt of students. I see a hall, full pacekd with students almost 200+ . I introduced myself  and why I choose to contribute to Mozilla and Open source. Students were listening this as if they were sitting in a lecture room. It was the tme to bring out few swags , in a minute everyone was answering questions, asking interesting questions. Swag has some power!!!!!

I started with introduction of Mozilla, Firefox and Open Source. To my surprise everyone knows about these things. Then I got to know that they had one introduction event of mozilla but after that never heard back from that mozillian. Then I introduced them about the mozilla’s products and projects, what actually matters. People were very excited to know about WebVR, Rust and WebCompat .

I forgot to introduce the speakers, I had Amit and Mahtab with me who was sharing the stage. Amit gave session on WebCompat and even showed a demo on how to file a report. Mahtab gave session on L10n and how a non-coder students still contribute to open source.

Event concluded with a group picture. A mozilla style of conclusion!!

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Actual thing happend after the event , there were 80 students who wanted to know the possibilities and ways to involve with Mozilla and it’s projects. We get back to the hall ,selected few students who have shown their interest in making a club. I introduced Mozilla Campus Club to them. We formed a team and created Telegram groups so that we stay in loop.

Mozilla Jharkhand has a facebook group and after the event people joined this group in hige number, from 170 we reached to 246 in a single day. Not only they joined in this group, they have introduced themself to this group, which i never seen in other community as this scale. This shows they are very active and only need a correct Mentor to guide them.

I will love to do the role of Mentor to them. And next day we were rocking on local newspaper. Planning a series of events in this college to educate them and make a good contributor.

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“Doing good is a part of our code.” – Mozilla

“Learn , Teach n be Innovative” – Shahbaz

Event Link : https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozaarambh-rai-university/

 

Let’s increase Firefox Market share

With the Andreas Gal’s latest post it is quite clear that we are losing our market share and same can be seen on Wikipedia’s Usage Share Page.

I am a Mozilla Rep. When I joined Mozilla 4 years back, I was literally knowing only three browsers Internet Explorer(thanks to Microsoft), Google Chrome(here due to Android) and Opera Mini(Only browser which uses less data then).
But thanks to the community in Rajasthan which was so much active then, promoting Mozilla and it’s Mission. That was the first time when I get to know about Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is a product which is the core of Mozilla, this is what I believe and assume other volunteers,mozillians and Reps Share the same.

Today, Firefox is mainly used by Mozilla volunteers and few engineers that to are losing faith in it due to compatibility issue and other problems.To name a few, Hangout call is not supported by Firefox, which we use more often for our monthly meeting in India. So what we could do is, create a campaign just like Firefox Nightly and Rain of Rust to promote the use of Firefox, where we will introduce this browser to the students which are still unaware of the browser, which you may agree too.

We are a country with a population of over 1.311 billion where 315 million are students, if we could target those and industry people. This will definitely increase our market share.

I agree that Firefox sometimes doesn’t behave well and we lack other support too which is available in other browsers. I also see a great opportunity for us to make this browser more advanced and easy to use.We want a browser which we love. During this campaign, we will be collecting lots of feedback and suggestions and how you want this browser for yourself. Then we will share these reports with Mozilla staff and help them to create a browser which people love.

I would love to know your feedback and suggestion regarding this campaign as well as any correction will be appreciatable.

Please follow this topic on discourse for more updates

Cheers,
Shahbaz
Mozilla Rep
Mozilla Firefox User