We are really happy to announce the Rain of Rust Campaign, a month-long global campaign which would be specifically focused on the Rust language. It is going to take place in June 2017 in collaboration with the Rust community.
Here are some of the things about the campaign:
What is the campaign all about?
This campaign is specifically focused on the Rust Language.
The aim of this campaign is to increase the Rust outreach and train developers to contribute in the Rust ecosystem
Formation of regional Rust communities.
The campaign is Rust beginners and moderates centric.
Who can be a part of this campaign?
Students -> Learn Rust
Developers -> Adopt Rust
Tech Speakers -> Speak about Rust
Curriculum Designers -> Design Rust teaching kits
Localizers -> Localize Rust teaching kits
Leaders -> Form and lead regional Rust communities
This is a guest post by Biraj Karmakar, who has been active promoting Mozilla, Free Software, Advocacy and privacy in India for over 7 years
Volunteering with Mozilla, I learned that the term “Digital Literacy” has become more popular in the last few years. Humans have started communicating through a variety of digital mediums. From our workplace to educational facilities, digital technology revolutionized everything. This makes computer education very important. Information can be accessed by using the internet and digital literacy opens up many avenues.That’s why I started this initiative called “Digital Literacy Camp 2017“- this is my dream project. Here Mozilla is proud partner.
So let me tell you all about my Dream Project – Digital Literacy Camp 2017 – aim to reach 100 students from the unprivileged community – age 8 – 25 years, in my city “Barasat”, Kolkata and make them powerful web citizens, transforming the little part of our whole country. 1 Common dream. The Desire to learn – Basic Computer Learning, Internet & Web Literacy, Spoken English and Smartphone usage.
Our training period is 1st Mar to 31st May 2017.
We think that this campaign also taught these students the power of teamwork. 100 smiling faces learning together, guided by a fabulous team, working for a greater good. We believe in their abilities, we believe they have the capability to make difference in the lives of others. Every citizen deserves a digital learning opportunity, no matter how tough the fight is.
One-half of the world has access to computers while the other half knows nothing about the latest developments in the digital world. This digital impurity will ultimately harm them and as responsible digital citizens, it is our duty to prevent that. From learning about safe behaviour online to discovering new sources of learning, we must teach them, how to use computer, internet and smartphone in the right way. If the students master these skills from this young age, it won’t be a problem in the future. Much like these students, parents should also get this awareness, because they ultimately inspire them to chase their dreams. They must know how to connect online and utilize the online resources.
The students will
Understand the working of a computer and know about the various programs.
Use English while communicating with others. 50% of the content produced on the internet is written in English, so the spoken English skills will come in handy.
Utilize the power of the internet to understand the world in a better way. They must know how to connect online and utilize the online resources. Even they can know more about privacy on their online life.
They can know how the smartphone can transform their life. Also, we have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning spirit in them
The world has now transformed into a global village and the digital literacy movement will touch every city one by one. We have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning sprit in them. These beautiful minds will; get the best resources from us and that included proper infrastructure, skilled trainers, study material, internet and skill-based class training.
Digital footprints are permanent and if they lack digital knowledge, they will never develop the ability to differentiate between what is trustworthy on the web and what is not. As they are proceeding down this path, these young students are growing their vocabulary, learning how to do research and most importantly their critical thinking skills are developed.For more updates, please follow our facebook and twitter.
Supported by Mozilla Foundation the workshop will be held in Bangalore on 3rd June, 2017.
It is being hosted by the HelloWeb team with the support from the Mozilla Foundation for educators, developers and people interested in teaching the web to the larger community. This event will mainly focus on Curriculum Design with the intent of providing open source communities and educational sectors with better tools and kits to teach the web undertaking detailed planning, structure and workflow of the contribution pathways.
The participants will build curriculums/teaching activities on the following domains:
Internet of Things
Anybody willing to change the way in which technical education is imparted and make it more implementation based can register for the event. Find more details, please visit the wiki and/or the official website.
But before registering, please ensure that you will be available to come to Bangalore on 3rd June, 2017 and grace the occasion with your presence.
The application process would be closed on 20th May, 2017 at 12 midnight (IST). No late applications would be accepted.
Travel & Lodging reimbursement will be provided only to some selected attendees, shortlisted on the basis of their proposal.
If you wish to be the change we all wish to see, Apply Now.
WebVR India Community, which was initially called as Grow WebVR Focus Group, was formed as part of community restructuring during Mozilla India Pune meetup in August month of last year. After 8 months since its birth, lets see what’s the status report from this community!
How do we function as a community?
After various iterations of brainstorming and improvements in the process, this is how we function as a community –
All the members are asked to report their contributions on the issues which are created monthly for this purpose.
Currently the contributors are mostly involved in creating A-Frame VR experiences/website, conducting A-Frame events, writing blogposts about the technology or personal experience (related to learning, teaching or exploration) and contributing to fixing bugs in a-frame library, website & A-Frame inspector.
At the end of each month, we document all these contributions on the wiki page of the community.
We also feature them as WebVR India Superstars and add them to a special Superstars telegram group. This group manages and carries out all operations of the community.
We have a separate telegram group for WebVR India Superstars where all the early discussions happens, which is then taken to wider audience using ways mentioned above. The process of adding contributors to the Superstars group is complete transparent as mentioned in the previous section.
Contests & Activities:
To ensures continuous involvement of the community members and expansion of the community, we host various contests and activities on a regular basis. Listing few of them below-
Monthly hangouts call: Every month we meet online to share updates and knowledge, to discuss ideas and plans, and to clarify doubts (of newbies specially)
Online learning calls: We conducted learning calls initially where experienced contributors used to teach A-Frame concepts.
VR Scene of the month: Contest conducted to attract many developers initially where VR devices were given away to the winners.
Self-checks are indeed an important factor in maintaining the health of a community & its growth. We drew an initial roadmap and set goals for the first 6 months during the Pune meetup and we did our first self-check on them during monthly call in November. The second self-check was done during recently concluded Hack Night which was conducted for all the experienced contributors and following are the key takeaways from this.
This community has been very successful in meeting it’s immediate short term goals, which were proposed during the Pune meetup, and going well on-track for the long term goals.
The current functioning of this group is aligned with Mozilla India community structure proposed in Pune meetup.
What went well, few stats:
3 repositories and 70+ issues on github used for open discussion and tracking tasks