An amazing experience which i felt this week was the “MozRide” to a village i.e., Gangadevipally. Here, me along with Meraj Imran ( Mozilla Reps ) and Hitesh Kumar ( Mozillian) planned to organize an event Maker Party in a Villlage which is one of the best villages in India and it has been awarded as the Model Village. There is 90% of literacy, no alcohol consumption, 100% children going schools, no child labor, purified drinking water at a very low price etc.
This was actually a 2 day event with a train the trainers event where the mozillians were trained how to host a maker party and how they can be a part of mozilla by contributing to different projects.
MozRide to a Village – Gangadevipally
Me, Imran and Hitesh have trained the new people who joined the program upon Importance of Open Source and the Open Web, Mission of Mozilla and Web Maker Project, different ways to contribute to Mozilla, How to host Maker Parties, Web Maker tools, event guides to plan and host Maker Parties themselves. First day was very productive. All the newbie’s who joined us Day 1 are now in a stage to host Maker Parties on their own. All are satisfied with the training.
You can see the foxes are ready to host maker parties
Second day was the Maker Party. We all were set and were very excited to host the event. Gram Sarpanch (A head of the village) has inaugurated the program. Many people of the village have joined us in the event. Children, farmers, Bank Officials, teachers, House wives were all the part of Maker Party.
First Imran have given a brief Introduction to all the people about who we are, what we do as part of Mozilla and how we do. We have made four different stalls where our awesome mozillians were present to give awareness on Open Source, Internet, Open Web, Net Neutrality and Mozilla to the people and the rest of the event was showing them live about what Internet is, how to use the web using Firefox Browser.
Ofcourse, it was a village and we cannot find the internet over there and what we did is? we used paper prototypes – we made a prototype to describe about internet, we used charts to describe about html tags. The second day of the event was also a great success.
Finally we took feedback from the villagers and gave a momento on behalf of Mozilla Warangal. People felt so happy for sharing the knowledge with them.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath
Webmaker Super Mentor