Womoz Rise @ Bhoj Reddy Engineering College for Women | 31st Aug,2013

Hi all,This is the first women targeted event to encourage Women Contributors to contribute to Mozilla byย +Mozilla Club Hyderabad which has got good response in which more than 130 young engg students from Bhoj Reddy Engineering College for Women. attended this session.Event planning and executing took very long time, since in Hyderabad its very difficult to get the permissions from the colleges to conduct sessions i.e., this kind of sessions related to open source & stuff.

And hardly found a student from Bhoj Reddy college named “Sruthi” who is very passionate and wanted to learn and make others learn about Open Source, hence forth mozilla ๐Ÿ™‚

I said that there are very less women contributors from our area, so we need to focus on this in order to get the number of women up, so I was planning for a “Womoz” session in their college. She approached Head of the Department(HOD) regarding the same, she accepted. Even though HOD accepted, due to exams and hectic schedule & several other issues we are not able to conduct the session.After a month, got a call from faculty (Faculty name is Naresh Sir, who helped a lot to do this) of that college lets do it tomorrow !! Are u ready ?? As usual I replied “Yes ! I am” .

Started on the next day i.e., today reached the college, all set and woww thats amazing 120 Young girls are ready to listen to my session. OMG !!!!!!! Thinking now in my mind !! “Can I take session to these many girls, and only one man army here”ย  ???? It seems like very tough task to me !

How ever started by motivating myself !! Started with What is difference between open source & proprietaryย  ??? Why Open Source ?? Why not Proprietary ??

Discussion started, & questions bombarding too !!

Answered all of them, and many are interested to start contribution.

Explained them various projects like SUMO,NEMO. Explained about WOMOZ etc.,

Thanks a lot to +Sruthi Yapalapalli who helped me a lot in organizing this, Thanks a lot to Naresh Sir, Shravan Sir, HOD of CSE for giving me this chance to present to Mozilla and motivating lot of women to contribute to open source. Hope they motivate students and help them in contributing to open source projects. Thanks a lot once agian.

Event page link : https://reps.mozilla.org/e/moz-rise/
Flickr link :ย  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ananthulasrikar/sets/72157635465154299/

Ananthula Srikar,
Mozilla Rep(REMO) Hyderabad,INDIA

Mozilla Club Initiative by GRIET | 24-AUG-2013

Hi all,

All of sudden some unexpected things happens ๐Ÿ™‚ and let me share the story of Mozilla Club Initiative by one of the best engineering college in our state with the great Vision & Mission i.e.,Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute Of Engineering And Technology (GRIET)

Event Page Link :ย https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-club-initiative/

Yesterday when I was in the office , I suddenly got a call from a student with name +Mukesh Thodupunoori saying that he need to conduct a session regarding the Mozilla and start the Mozilla Club in their college.

I was so surprised and asked him few questions below.

1. Why are you going to start the club in the college ?
+Mukesh Thodupunooriย  : I was so impressed , interested, excited by the activities of whatย +Mozilla Firefox are doing in various places in India and I want my college students to be part of this great initiative ,join and support for the Open Web #rightnow.

2. How are you going to kick start then ?
+Mukesh Thodupunoori : I was running a facebook page (Firefox OS) ,started contributing to localization as well and wanted Me (+Srikar Ananthula) to present a introductory session on Mozilla and how to get started , so we proceed further with more activities in college

3. What made you to join this community ?
I Loved the mission of the Mozilla that is the Non Profit Organization, which helps to make the web better and thus started the journey towards it ๐Ÿ™‚

4.When are planning to do it ?
+Mukesh Thodupunoori : Tomorrow morning itself. I said “Are you sure?” .He answered in confident manner “Yes, Tomorrow”. I was impressed and said “Ok ! Lets do it tomorrow”.

All set with in a day. +Mukesh Thodupunoori got permission from the respective authorities in the college and mailed me with the positive response saying that all set, you can come tomorrow.


Arrived at college by 9:30 AM and every one was starring at me (Common Phenomenon ๐Ÿ˜› ) on seeing T-shirt of Mozilla which I wore ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was so habituated to this kind of situations since past, but even though, some sort of different feel every time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Introduced myself to Head of the Department explaining about myself and how i joined this great community. Explained her about my recent activities as well.

Time for the session to start !!

Started Intro as usual about me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then followed by the following

  1. Mozilla & Its Products !!
  2. What is Mozilla Mission ?
  3. Mozilla Manifesto Video !!
  4. About Firefox OS !
  5. Firefox OS App Demo !
  6. How to contribute to Mozilla?
  7. Firefox Club GRIET ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. Q & A

They started club and many students are interested to start contributing to mozilla ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally we got couple of students to engage in Mozilla Community activities.I am so happy for that !!


First of all I would like to thank Dr.Y.Vijaya Latha Madam Garu (Head ofย  Department of IT) for accepting and granting us permission to continue the firefox activities in college. ๐Ÿ™‚ and encouraging students towards Open source world.

Thanks a lot to +Mukesh Thodupunoori who took the initiative for this and working hard for this. Hope you continue the same inspiration in future with support of Vijaya Latha Madam and students as well.

Surprising moment !! which made us feel wow !!

Me ( +Srikar Ananthula ) and +Mukesh Thodupunoori we about to leave the college premises and same time College Principal was walking side ways !!

+Mukesh Thodupunoori : Good Afternoon Sir !! ๐Ÿ˜€ ( Sir was Principal of the College)

Principal Sir saw the logo ofย  “Firefox” on our T-shirt !! ( #excitedย )

Principal: From where did you get this T-shirt ?? (with smiling)
We both answered, as we are part of Mozilla Community we got it ๐Ÿ˜€

Principal: Why are you both wearing this Firefox T-shirt ?
I answered I am a Mozilla Rep,wasa here to start a firefox club activities in college sir ! ๐Ÿ™‚
Mukesh : I am going to start a Firefox Club & take the responsibility ofย  club activities of Firefox in our college sir !!

Principal : Where did you organize the session ?
Mukesh : In 1202 Hall sir ! ๐Ÿ˜€

Principal: How many students said they are using “Mozilla Firefox” as a default browser?
We said, that only very few use Firefox, many uses Google Chrome ๐Ÿ™ ( #worried )

Principal: I use “Mozilla Firefox” as a default browser and I like it ! ๐Ÿ˜€
We said “Woww !! Thats great :)” (#amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Principal : How do u contribute to Firefox ?
We solving bugs via bugzilla and localization, explaining about their projects !

Principal: Ok!
Me : Sirrrrrr!! Just a min !! Here is your Firefox Batch,Lanyard & Sticker. (Gave Mozilla Firefox Swag)

Principal: Took them very happily and moved from there ๐Ÿ˜€

This is so wonderful experience, Thanks a lot once again for students who spent their valuable time and HOD for sparing us valuable time, & Thanks a lot to Principal as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to +Mukesh Thodupunoori

Hope you liked the post.

Thanks a lot for reading it ๐Ÿ™‚

Some clicks of the event : http://www.flickr.com/photos/ananthulasrikar/sets/72157635216443140/

Ananthula Srikar.
Mozilla Rep Hyderabad,INDIA,
[email protected]