“If you focus your mind on the freedom and community that you can build by staying firm, you will find the strength to do it.”
Building a community of makers is certainly rewarding. A celebration of creation, innovation and learning. Sharing what we know and collaborating with others is what we do at Mozilla Community Rajasthan (MCR). MAKER PARTY JAIPUR was successful in our campaign of #teachtheweb and learning by sharing. Makers from all over the Rajasthan visited Global Technical Campus – GTC, Jaipur to share what they are doing.
Following in the footsteps of Maker Parties across the country, Maker Party Jaipur was an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It was a celebration of everyone who makes things. The ground was filled with booths on which invited makers showed their projects. Makers range from artisans to jugaad auto-mechanics to DJs to robotics experts—we were of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone was excited to share their skills and inventions with everyone.
Preparations for the event started 1 month prior to the event. Our designer Aayush Khandelwal designed an awesome poster. Here it is-
Even I tried something on my own-
We had a number of hangouts with Local Reps and Mozillians to plan out the event. There were a number of Firefox Club GIT’s volunteers meeting to decide the role of each person. In this way whole planning was done and finally we managed to call 22 Makers and skilled people to show up at the event to share what they were creating. There were 12 booths in total.
INAUGURATION was done by Honorable President of Manipal University Jaipur, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti. He was pretty excited to see such an event where a number of innovators and creators were collectively participating to share what they know and collaborate with each other to create an environment of shared learning.
Booth 1 – Go Kart
This booth was occupied by a team of racing enthusiasts who built a Go Kart themselves in the Mechanical Workshop of the college. They were a team of brilliant minds who showcased their innovation.
Booth 2 – DJ Mixing
We invited Abhishek Bugalia aka DJ Bugz to teach mixing songs using Virtual DJ software. The people from all age groups were keen to know the ins and outs of mixing the music.
Booth 3 – POV Propeller Clock
Propeller clocks are nothing new to anyone who has been into electronics for a while. They use an idea called POV, Persistence Of Vision, which means that if something appears in the same spot consistently, at least 50-60 times per second, our brains think that it’s permanently there when it really is not. We showcased one such project. Dharmendra brilliantly explained the working of POV, Propeller Clock and gave a hands on session to create one such device at your home.
Booth 4 – Application Development for Firefox OS
Next up we had the booth to let people learn about Application Development for Firefox OS. This booth was managed by Ashwin and Hitesh who made people aware of the advantages of Firefox OS over other operating systems. They gave a hands on session on creating HTML5 apps in Firefox OS.
Booth 5 – Womoz and FSA Recruitment
Neha and Nikita were managing the booth for FSA recruitment and Womoz. They were explaining to people why Womoz is important part of Mozilla Community and how to become an FSA. They enlightened people about the FSA program and also recruited a lot of FSAs. After sometime Bhavika and Twinkle joined the team. Kudos to them!
Booth 6 – 3D Printing
This booth was the center of attraction of the whole event. People were coming in groups of 5-10 to learn about 3D printing. Brijesh and Abhishek managed the 3d printer which is a product of Aha3d (3d printing start-up in Jaipur). People were really excited to see the working of a 3d Printer.
Booth 7 – Webmaker
This booth is one of my favorites. Mr. Ram Dayal Vaishnav played a key role in managing this booth. The software to #teachtheweb is amazingly popular and easy to use. Current volunteers as well as new people were exposed to the Webmaker tools to see their imaginations on computer screen. People were really excited to learn about Webmaker tools. Nishant Sharma, Anshika Goyal, Pranshu Gera, Mohita Sharma, Ketan Soni and various other volunteers were present at this booth.
Booth 8 – Firefox OS CellPhone Display
Next up we had a booth dedicated to the Firefox OS phones which are available in the Market. Raj Suthar, Paras Bhansali and Sagar managed the booth brilliantly. They engaged a lot of people to let them experience the true power of a Web based operating system.
Booth 9 – SUMO
This booth was dedicated to the Mozilla Support. It involved people from L10n, AoA, Support Forum. Varun Kaushik and Deepanshu Thakur managed the booth and told people about how simple and effective it is to contribute to the Support Forum. Also they told people about how L10n is changing people’s lives by giving access to their favorite browser and OS in their native language.
Booth 10 – Arduino and Raspberry Pie
Electronics is fascinating for a lot of people. This was visible at this booth where Dipesh Monga was showing the possibilities with the use of Arduino and Raspberry Pie boards. He shared his experience of building POV projects, Robots and Quadcopter with the help of these micro-controllers. Also he demonstrated some applications of these boards which engaged a lot people.
Booth 11 – Its Yellow Thing
This booth was dedicated to profit blogging and UX/UI Wireframing. Ayush Mathur shared his knowledge of how to earn some bucks from blogging and running a Youtube Channel. Deepanshu Jain shared his knowledge of wireframing apps and websites before writing code. They were engaging and people showed a lot of interest in both of them.
Booth 12- Guitar Lessons
Now this booth was purely for fun and engagement with people who fascinate being a guitarist. We had a lot of guitarists from the neighborhood who were ready to share their knowledge with others. People from all age groups learned guitar and they reported it was superfun!
And then there were some selfies and group photos-
These sunglasses never stop to amuse us 😛
I would like to thank a lot of people who helped me in organizing this event. First of all I would like to thank Mozilla Reps from Rajasthan, Mr. Trishul Goel, Mr. Ram Dayal Vaishnav and Mr. Osho Parth for their continuous support throughout the event planning. I would like to thank all the Mozilla Reps and Volunteers who showed up at the event to learn and share their innovations and also to manage the booths. I would like to thank all the innovators and people from the neighborhood who showed up to share their skills and knowledge by stealing some time from their busy schedule. Thank you so much everyone.
FSA, Club Leader @Firefox Club GIT