On 14th Sept,2014 at 7PM I attended Mozilla Firefox for Android Event hosted by Mozilla (Punjabi Community) at Ludhiana, Park Plaza and around 20 participants attended it. During event I collected some point for event report. This event was sponsored by Mozilla. Main attraction was that all the guests and contributors communicate with each other in Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ).
Event started with welcoming participants and speakers behalf of Mozilla community. Then each participant gave little bit introduction about their day job and what they want to seek from this meetup.
Inder Punj started with to introduce about Mozilla Firefox for Android. Motive of Mozilla behind this free software. OS Required for this browser and hardware support etc. Inder had discussion with participant about why we should use this in Punjabi language and how we can scale it, what are different products are available in Mozilla which can used for different purposes. Firefox Marketplace introduction provided, which is available with Firefox Browser.
Pirthi Dhaliwal started with why we need performance for Mozilla products and without it what are different challenges we face, like wrong design, hardware crashes, hardware limit and deployment technology. Pirthi introduce guests about different projects and how Punjabi community participating in them.
We discussed what different challenges we faced while testing/l10n etc and how we resolved them. We introduced peoples about bugzilla and show them sample bugs that was opened and reported closed after fix.
Peoples start to show interests in this browsers while most of the guests was already using Firefox in Punjabi in their personal laptops and office computers and was excited to download Firefox on their android phones and was very happy to see browser running in their native language. Inder and Pirthi helped peoples to download Firefox Desktop and helped them to run Mozilla in Punjabi.
Peoples started their Q/A session with Inder and Pirthi and we both started to answer their queries. Some of the peoples was interested to start localization and curious to know the process, we explain them online/offline translation and introduce them various tools that we are currently using in Translation.
After that introduce Peoples about Firefox OS. Peoples was curious to know its cost and was surprisingly asking that it was the same phone which is out of stock always when they search for some good cheap smartphone who support Punjabi. We tell them about the phone in brief and its different models and their cost available in the market. Pirthi and me replied their many Questions related to phone. More interesting thing was this ever “Waiters” show interest in this phone and take interest in what we were discussing. and later approach us for their queries.
After replying their Q/A we invites guest for cake cutting ceremony. Peoples joined us for this and enjoyed delicious care after that.
After this interested peoples gather around us started their session with us for the issues they currently faced to install Mozilla on their laptop and mobiles. Me and Pirthi gave them detailed answer to their queries and helped them to sort out the issues they are facing. And promise us that they will encourage peoples in their offices to use Punjabi while they all are using mozilla already but in English 🙂
At end, before dinner we thanked peoples for come and for their time to attend this event. Indeed at end peoples was happy and promised us to use and promote Mozilla in Punjabi. At end group photo has been taken for the press release.