I had gone to the US recently to attend the Mozilla Summit. It was crazy, my first time in the US and that too in and around San Francisco. It was like living inside a TV Series like Alcatraz
We had thought of staying back another day just to go around SF. So here is what happened :
We left the hotel in Santa Clara by the shuttle, reached the airport, then took the BART, once we emerged out of the BART station we realized for the first time we were in California. I mean Santa Clara was loads of fun but SF had such high rises, it blew my mind. It was like walking in the sets of some TV series. We were headed to the Mozilla SF office. Boy that office is insanely beautiful, with such a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. Met most of the Devtools Team, again, and roamed around the office letting ourselves free at the mini-bars :) We then decided to take a walk down the bay.
We roamed on the pier and then came back. We decided to walk to Chinatown. In the way, saw buildings, Tesla’s, roamed around Chinatown, shopped a bit. We decided to go to Fisherman’s Wharf. It has a lot of the local food, had burgers at In n Out, had clam chowder. We then went to the DNA lounge, nearly got our asses kicked for photography, went next to ZeitGeist Pub. It had a beer garden, about 50 different kinds of beer. After spending an hour or too there, we decided to leave.
We were having second thoughts about getting accomodation to spend the night, since we wanted to utilize the whole time, so we finally decided not to book anything. Things had pretty much closed by the time we left from Zeitgeist at 2. So we decided to walk all the way down to the Golden Gate Bridge, planning to see the sunrise from there. It was pretty cool and worrying at the same time, walking around town seeing everything so still and calm while also sometimes not feeling so safe and doubting our decision, but we still we walked.
We finally reached the foot of bridge, the Golden Gate park, at around 3:30. It was really dark, no street lights, and cold. Since it was dark, we planned to wait till sunrise. Sunrise was gonna happen at 7:15 so we sat down at the bench on the side of the road like a hobo, shivering in the cold :P It was at this time we cursed our decision to be doing all this. But we finally slept.
We woke up around 6:40, fucked up in cold, but happy there was going to be the Sun, finally. We realized the importance of the Sun at that time. We started finding our way to the bridge which apparently is not so clear after sleeping outside in the cold. After hunting around, we finally reached on the bridge on 7:10 just on time. The city looked spectacular mesmerizing, people jogging around, Alacatraz just bathing in the morning haze and the grand Golden Gate bridge right in front of us. That moment is something I would surely remember for a long time and then the sun rose. The first rays, they felt so beautiful, a ray of light we had actually earned (or that’s what we try and think).
We took our time, clicked photos, enjoyed and then came back to the Airport.
Looking back, it was quite fun and memorable.
I recently attended the Mozilla Summit at Santa Clara and it was splendid. I had attended MozCamp Europe in 2012 and this was a whole new level of awesome compared to that (and mind you MozCamp Europe was a lot of fun, learning and networking which is hard to compete with). This was my first time in the US and even after a long enough flight, I felt very excited by the kind of reception we got by the Site Hosts and everyone present at the venue.
The venue was very beautiful. Being near San Francisco meant always having that tech-hub feel. There were ex-Mozillians dropping by and other SF’ers also joining some sessions (and trips to SF office and the Golden Gate Bridge). The sessions were supposed to happen in an area connected to the hotel itself which was very convenient.
The entire organization team of the Summit did a great job.
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I mean from the moment we got down at the airport, to the welcome package, to the Ask Us Desk, to the events and sessions running smoothly, to the coffee truck, to the trips to Great America, it was all so awesome. Thanks to everybody who helped make this possible.
The event lineup was well thought of, not too intense yet enough things happening to keep you interested and give you options. Randomly bumping into new people while playing Guitar Hero and getting to talk to them was another great thing about these events. I met so many people I probably don’t remember the names of quite a few but some were Asa Dotzler, Brian Bondy, Paul Rouget, Luke Wagner, Patrick Walton, Alon Zakai, David Herman, Christian Heilmann and so many others. It was very informative to see the demos and talks about the upcoming projects and products we are working on, advances with respect to performance of FirefoxOS, brainstorming on the different products and coming up with an idea of using UP for Firefox Customizations (so that more advanced users see more options and such), sessions about Servo, how to appreciate contributors and so many others. The Innovation Fair where we could interact with the people actually working on these projects gave a much better insight.
I’m really forward to the progress of FirefoxOS in more markets as well the advance of Servo as an alternative.
I think the entire event was awesome. If I may be nit picky, then I think we should have two sides badges (although people did improvise and write their names on both sides, themselves) from next time.
It’s been some time since I’ve posted anything here but recently I’ve been to places which have given me enough to talk about :P
So while roaming around the IRCland, I get this ping from Sankha, saying that I should come give a talk at the Mozboot event at Ignus’13, the cultural fest of IIT Jodhpur. I was flabbergasted. I mean a request to fix a bug or go help a newcomer is something I’ve expected but giving a talk, woah! But I said yes anyways, lured by the prospect of getting to visit Jodhpur (which I must say is a beautiful city, you must check it out) but at the same time a little nervous about whether I would be able to do justice to the event. I told Sankha that this would be my first talk and that I probably wouldn’t have much idea what to talk about but he seemed pretty confident in me. So I decided to give it a shot.
The event had a pretty decent crowd. The students were attentive and weren’t just busy browsing around (well atleast most of them weren’t :P). I started by talking about Open Source and why it’s great to contribute to any open source organization. I highlighted the benefits of open source contributions. I then moved on to why contribute to Mozilla, the impact of your contribution and my experience when I started up. Since I mostly contribute to the core Firefox browser I was mostly focused on how to do that, however I guided them to the resources which might help them if they needed more information about contributing to some other Mozilla project.
Then we took a break in which other Open Source folks took over the stage and introduced the participants about Django, Python and Open Source. I thought that in order to get people to actually do something meaningful, we needed to make the session more hands on. So in the second session of ours, we started getting people who had Linux installed, to install the build prerequisites of Firefox. We went around and helped the people who faced any problems. After that most of them started their compilations which took a lot of time. In the meantime we asked them to go through bugsahoy and find bugs which interest them. Quite a few of them found some interesting bugs and also started looking at the source code to figure out where and how to fix it. Since by that time we had already crossed the time alloted to us, we had to wrap up otherwise who knows, someone might have fixed their first bugs!
I faced a few problems which I’m going to address in the future :
- When quite a lot of them tried to connect to the irc, there was an IP limit enforced by the server. I’ll probably try and find out people who can help me with this, specially on weekends and who work in my timezone, since that’s when most of the talk happen.
- I’ll try and have a way by which I can follow up with the people who attended the talk, maybe by taking their email ids or some other way.
Overall the session was pretty good and top it all, we went to the Mehrangarh fort where Bane used to live (atleast when he was a boy :P).