I am supporter of FOSS since 2009. From that time I tried to contribute in FOSS. But that was hard for me, because I thought coding is the only way to contribute. But as soon I join the local linux user groups I came to that there are many other ways to contribute, like localization, advocacy, user support. From that time I am doing advocacy, localization and user support. I was trying to find more ways to contribute. Then I found mozilla, a dedicated group for open web.
I can not remember the exact date when I was introduce to mozilla Reps program by Mashkawat Ahsan bhai in 2011. But I remember he found me in a local facebook group called BDOSN. But I can remember it was time of SFD 2011. I knew the people who contribute before me in mozilla but I never get chance to learn from them.
First Mozilla Event
2011, Ahsan bhai send me a friend request, I accept and start talk with him. I don’t know why he send me request, from my eagerness I ask him why he send me friend request. He told me he is a volunteer of mozilla community, am I interested to volunteer with mozilla or not. As a FOSS lover I became interested to contribute with mozilla. I ask him how I can contribute, he told me few ways to contribute, amongst them I like organizing events, because I have past experience of organizing community events thanks to FOSS Bangladesh. I talk with my junior Rahid Hasan (another FOSS lover like me) to organize a Mozilla event in our campus, for that purpose we meet with Ahsan bhai one day. That was my first meet him. We discuss few things about organizing events in our campus. After some days a program was held in BUET I participated in that event. It was not first mozilla event in Bangladesh but it was first mozilla event for me. This is how I started contribution on Mozilla.
Joining Mozilla Reps
From Ahsan bhai, I came to know about Mozilla Reps. I applied for it after some days of the event, and I was waiting for the process, but nothing happen, then I apply again. Same thing happen again, I was waiting and waiting. I was familiar with mailing list, so I register on Reps mailing list. I got a mail that there will be a Reps meeting on IRC. I join there watch the meeting. I ask about my Reps application after finishing the meeting. I forget his name but he help me about my Reps application. Then Vineel was assign as my mentor for Reps program. By that time I came to know that MAK bhai is regular contributor of Mozilla and other FOSS projects (though I know him before). I started talk with him regarding mozilla and other open source projects. I was worried about my reps application, I talk with him about that. He send a recommendation for my reps application to Vineel. That was by first recommendation (we call it vouch). Vineel take my interview over gtalk. After that he told me I will be inform about my application via mail. Vineel mail that I have become a Mozilla reps. For MAK bhai’s vouch and and may be for my past experience of working with other FOSS project like: Ubuntu helps my application to get approved.
Organizing First Mozilla Event
After been a Reps, I talked with several universities to organize mozilla events. I have few contact with several universities as I organized different FOSS event. At BRAC University I organize my first mozilla event. But it happen after a lots of discussion with BUCC authority and with Mozilla Bangladesh community.
After that I was not that much active about one year for several reason. But never not stop contributing to Mozilla. I did localization of several Mozilla product and project. Promoting Mozilla in our community etc etc.
First Mozilla Event out of border
I was invited to Mozilla SA meetup 2013 for my contribution to Mozilla Bangladesh. Thanks to MAK bhai again for vouching me for the event. It was my first community event out of Bangladesh border.
First MozTour of mozilla Bangladesh
I always believe that, those who live in Dhaka and study here, they get better opportunity to learn about these things. But those who don’t live in Dhaka they are missing the light. So I always try to organize event outside of Dhaka. And I got a opportunity to organize a MozTour (a tour outside of your city for organizing mozilla events) in Chittagong. It was my first MozTour in Bangladesh.
Things were not easy for me that time. My own community members turn back on me. My budget request was rejected. I was asked to change the event date and resubmit the budget. But I know how hard that was for me to arrange venue outside of Dhaka that time. So we decided to organize the events from our own pocket. MAK bhai give a lot of financial support. Yes, you have read that “We organize our first MozTour from our pocket”.
After that tour Mozilla community start growing at Chittagong. But there where people who like FOSS and believe in FOSS, but they don’t get enough time and opportunities to grow as a community. So we thing that tour was successful for us though we face a lots of difficulty to organize it. Again thanks to MAK bhai to give me awesome support for this event. Thanks to Rahid for being with us at that time.
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Other events and MozTours
In March 2013, I organized Mozilla@IIT-DU, it was an awareness event. In the same month I organized MozCelebs 15 @ Dhaka, it was for celebrating 15 years of mozilla community. From this event we recruit an awesome female contributor Tanha. Since we plan the event in quick time, I didn’t get any budget from mozilla, I bare all the expenses. After the Moztour Chittagong, I never looked back. I organize two more MozTour (MozTour Chapai Nawabgonj and MozTour Gopalgonj) in 2013. With the help of Rifaz we successfully organized first maker party in Dhaka in 2013.
Few successful events that I have organized are listed below
You can look all event photos of mine here.
Webmaker, Webmaker Mentor and Maker Parties
Webmaker is Mozilla project which aims to convert web users to web makers. To achieve this goal webmaker has tools, templates and huge community. At 2012 Mozilla announce Summer Code party but we miss the chance to organize that event in our country, I think lacking of webmaker knowledge was the main reason of it. At Mozilla SA meetup 2013 I meet with SA leads, amongst them I found Gautham (a duplicate copy of me). From him I learn Webmaker. After that I plan to organize webmaker events in my country. In June 2013 Maker Party officially started. We organize our first maker party at East Delta University, Chittagong. It was also our first webmaker only event in Bangladesh. Then we added maker party for each MozTour. In 2013 I have organized 4 maker parties in four different cities. In 2014 I have organize 1 maker party also. I was announced Webmaker Task Force lead of mozilla Bangladesh at Mozilla Bangladesh Task Force Meetup 2014. Here are the lists of maker parties
In 2014, my community leader refine me that, I am doing wrong thing with Webmaker. So he took the responsibility of Webmaker in Bangladesh from me . After that day, I stop organizing maker parties in Bangladesh. But still I love this project. I always tried to help my community when any one wants to do some thing with webmaker.
Untill now it is my last MozTour (I hope for more MozTour). This event helped the North Bengal people to grow community in their local area.
SuMo , me and Mozilla Bangladesh SuMo Community
Support Mozilla is great way to contribute to Mozilla community, when you have a huge user base. Mainly I do SuMo KB localization. Which is helpful for our local user to do troubleshooting for Firefox, Firefox OS and other Mozilla product.
It was team of 3-4 four man when we started, one of them had no internet connection in his PC. I can still remember, I used to download all the text of a KB, save them in a text file, compress it, then send it to him. When he finished localizing he did the same thing. That person is non other then Safwan our SuMo king. Other one was Rabbi , we used to work till 2-3 AM, to achieve top 20 Goal. Now we have a small team of contributor, we have completed every challenge.
From 2014 to until now my focus is on SuMo, to build a community for SuMo. Together we achieved:
- SUMO top 100 KB localization challenge and mozilla Bangladesh
- 100% KB localization of Firefox, Firefox OS, Thunderbird, Webmaker
- Mozilla Bangladesh SuMo Community Meetup
QA, me and QA Bangladesh
2014 was a crazy year for me. I forget how I was introduced QA. I started contributing in QA from 2013. From that time I always tried to involve local contributor in QA. It was my dream to have a QA team in mozilla Bangladesh. But task was too much for me to build and mentor new people. For my busy schedule I never came up with proper plan. But I always share with people the knowledge I have gather about mozilla QA. In 2015 Ikram starts to build a QA community in Bangladesh. I always tried to help him. Some local offline events that I have mentored contributors
Firefox OS launch and me
First of all, I have done nothing compared to other few contributor of Mozilla Bangladesh for the launch. I was lucky because, I got chance to train the partner, attend the launch conference. I was lucky because I got the chance to work with Social Media Promotion Team for Firefox OS launch. I have organized clearing all l10n blocker sprint. Thanks to all of the participant, who helped us for a successful sprint.
Empowering mozilla and Mozilla Bangladesh with new contributors
As a Mozilla Reps it is my responsibility to search new contributors. Contributor I have recruited and/or mentored is countless. When I was in mozilla Bangladesh Community Meetup 2015, I figured out I have mentor 50% of the participant to contribute in mozilla Bangladesh; 30% of them are recruited by me in the community. My successful recruitment is full SuMo community of mozilla Bangladesh.
Thanks to Mozilla Bangladesh Community
Four years is not a long way but it is still long enough. I have lead few other FOSS community in my country. But it is sad to say most of them is now inactive. I am very much thankful to Mozilla Bangladesh community members because we are very much active and now we are one of the biggest FOSS community in our country. If you didn’t support me, didn’t helped me to organize those events, didn’t support my activities, didn’t correct me when I was doing wrong, I believe I could not come this further. Specially MAK bhai and Rahid. Last of all Sharif for being with me all the time. Thank you for all of your help.