20 October, 2013

MODS Bangalore 2013


The Event

The Mobile Developers' Summit is an annual event hosted by Saltmarch. This year it was at Bangalore, last 10-11th of October, 2013 at the NIMHANS Convention centre.

I was invited to speak on behalf of Mozilla about the "Firefox OS and the power of HTML5". [Slide Deck]



The Talk

The talk revolved around the idea, how Internet as a Platform changes the game, what myths do we have around it and pointers to what changes in direction we can already see. To some extent, it compared the capabilities of Native vs. Web applications - with little brief on how easy it is to make web applications to be device-compatible, and how the market ecosystem is different & more meaningful than the rest. Showed a couple of demos, insights about the platform & gave some contexts of WebApp development.  In the end, tried to demonstrate the world map, where Firefox OS has already launched, and the opportunities of Indian Freelancers & Startups in the global open app-marketplace.

The Audience

Noticed that the excitement around Firefox OS talk was latent but high. In fact, many of the event-speakers attended the talk as well. The questions asked were substantial & original - eventually, after eating up 5min more than my allotted stage-time quota, I had to call the extended Q&A outside of the conference hall (another 1hr, but who's complaining?).

The Takeaway

For the lack of a proper recording solution from the event hosting team, I fell back to G+ hangout on Air to record the session (& identify my mistakes, as a speaker). Go ahead & check that out... I'm totally okay with public shaming for my mistakes.



Sorry about the crappy recording - that's the best I could do at that instance.

The Postmortem

Personally, I find that this time my style of presentation was kind of set to "class-room" mode, rather than "evangelical" mode. From previous feedbacks, I had planned not to speak in fast pace (with jumbled-up phrases now & then); rather to go with choppy, distinct words/phrases - which worked out.

I need to work a lot on my voice-modulation (which would've automatically be there, if I had some affective-empathy - sadly, I don't). Crash courses on voice-modulation (trainings for RJs, etc.) sounds cheap (and, in reality, they aren't), so I was thinking, some sort of storytelling-to-kids kind of activities can help me on this. Added to TODO list.

Also, I move a lot. Usually, in workshops it's not a problem. It's okay to move around the desks, among the students. But in here, on stage, I look particularly annoying moving in a bee-dance motion. STAND. IN. THERE. GODDAMMIT.

One other thing to mention, although didn't practice time keeping (just had a rough idea - which could no way be followed on stage properly) - the planned 50min content delivery actually sync'd pretty great in realtime.

The Feedback

The twitter-responses & the email-followups I received after the event, were mind-boggling. I won't get into too much of the details, but I feel happy to see such an impact & am ready for more.


02 October, 2013

California, here we come... DinoCo, here we come!




So it begins...

Hundreds of Mozillians from all over the Asia has already started taking off for Santa Clara, California to attend the Mozilla Summit 2013 - the largest Summit we've ever had!

This is historic; THIS IS EPIC! Not because of the numbers, but for the enthusiasm, reach & impact it will create.

Prologue

There are also two other locations where the summit will be hosted parallel to each other, with (almost) same tracks & schedules - in Brussels & Toronto. Grossly, Mozillians from Europe attending summit in Brussels, Mozillians from Latin America, Africa & Middle East and Canada attending are in Toronto, and the ones from Asia and USA will be rocking at Santa Clara.

Participation

According to the list of invitees, Mozillians coming in heavy bunch are from India, Indonesia, Phillipines, Japan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Sri Lanka etc. which is almost proportional to the strength & activities in those respective Mozilla communities.

There are plenty of people attending summit for the first time, and many veterans are there, who've attended both the summits before. The selection of invitees was generally based upon their recent activities & impact in the community for spreading Mozilla.

Trivia: Santa Clara will be having the most number of Mozilla Reps too - only location to hit three figures on ReMo head-count (of which, almost 40 from only India... yay!).

Immigration

We've never faced raging border-immigration issues with regional MozCamps - but this time, getting all Asian Mozillians to US, or LaTam, African Mozillians to Toronto is proving to be quite a bit of challenge.

However, from South Asian communities, we'll still be having more than 80% invitees as attendees; whereas the general average of getting visa approved is no about 50-60%. This includes the luck-starved Nepal community, from which only two people will be participating & only one got US visa (you folks are awesome, and we'll sure miss you).

This is all due to the incredible co-operation & support from State.gov officials who helped throughout the visa-application procedure for last couple of months! It worked great to collectively prove the purpose of visit, than letting each of the participants be on their own for that. Thank you very much US Depatment of State!

Epilogue

We are done packing, we're on our way, we're flaunting Mozilla T-Shirts & hogging WiFi & boarding air-crafts in the airports all around the globe, we're restless to have the time of our life, and we're landing soon!

Wait for us...