MOZOFEST ’16

The Mozilla Corporation is the world’s biggest open source software developer. Every year, it organizes the Mozilla Festival or Mozofest in London to celebrate its presence and also give young minds a platform to showcase their talents on the big stage. Mozofest’16 was organized by the official club of Mozilla, SRMKZILLA in SRM University from 6 th -9 th April 2016. Mozofest was organized first time in India by the students of this club. The main aim of this fest was to uphold the motto the motto of Mozilla to create a free and open web accessible to everyone. Hence, every event of this fest was free of cost and was open to students from various faculties of engineering such as Computers, Mechanical, Aerospace etc.
As a part of this fest, various events were organized. The inauguration ceremony was held on 6th April 2016 which saw the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and other dignitaries who addressed the gathering of students and organizers enlightening them and inspiring them to achieve more. The fest was declared open.

The different events conducted ranged, from technical to non-technical as well as a state of the art entrepreneurship workshop conducted by the Chief Marketing Executive of Zomato for Chennai.

World of Webcraft: Following the ideology of Mozilla, to make the web free and open, the main of this event was to encourage participants to showcase their web development skills in a face-off against other teams. On the first day the participants were briefed about the event. They were called on the 7th of April. They were asked to take pictures during the fest and create their very own website on Mozofest which they were supposed to showcase on the last day, 9 th April when one amongst them would emerge as the winner of the event.

The judgement day saw many students using their creativity to make wonderful websites using different platforms.

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Codezilla: One of the basic necessities of a software to function well is to write an efficient code. Codezilla was a technical event which tested the participant’s coding skills along with team work and efficiency. The event consisted of 3 rounds. The event was conducted in pairs. In the first round they were given a set of 3 questions the first one being jumbled code. All they had to do was rearrange the code. In the second question the teams were given a code and a set of constraints for the program to work. They had to find the input for which the constraint did not match and the program didn’t work. In the third question they had to write a code for the given question in the most efficient way. The ones who were able to solve the given questions qualified for the next round.

In the second round the teams were given a question in the round named switch code. One participant had to write the code for 10 minutes and after 10 minutes the other team member had to complete the code. This went on for an hour. The teams with the correct and compatible code qualified.

In the final round, two questions were given. One member of the team was assigned the role of the algorithm builder while the other one was the programmer. The algorithm builder had to read the question and make the algorithm. The programmer had to use that algorithm to write the full working code and the roles were exchanged for the second question.

War of Thoughts: As the name suggests, War of thoughts was a debating event. The first round was a one on one face off between two participants. They were given a topic and they had to go for or against the motion.

The second round was a group discussion. They were given a topic and all the participants had to pitch in and put up their points forward.

In the final round the participants were given 2 minutes to prepare and 3 minutes to talk out of which 1 minute should contain rhymes related to the topic and 2 minutes of content related to the topic.

They were judged on the basis of the points they put forward, their attitude on stage, presentation, pitch and delivery, and on the response of the participant when the others were speaking.

Mozoquiz: Mozoquiz was a quiz competition which was an individual event. The first round saw a simple pen and paper test which the participants gave. This round consisted of questions about the Mozilla Corporation and the participants were judged based on their ability to answer these questions. 10 participants were selected, who qualified for the next round.

In the second round, the participants had to answer questions based on a picture shown to them for a few seconds, they had to identify people and logos which was all playing in a slideshow. 5 people were selected for the next round. A tie breaker rapid fire round was also conducted for the 5 th position. Various brain teasers and riddles were asked to warm up the participants.

In the final round, the quizmaster checked the knowledge of the participants in various domains. The various topics included sports, history, general knowledge, geography etc. The one who answered most of the questions correctly in the least amount of time was the winner.

Scavenger Hunt: A non-technical pair event. The first round was the selfie challenge. Each team was given a picture. They had to search for the place depicted in the picture in the campus and click a selfie. The teams who reached in the least amount of time qualified for the second round.

In the second round, the teams were given a location, they had to go to the location where they would find a QR code. They had to scan that QR code using their mobile phones which leads them to a certain location, where an Srmkzilla member standing next to them would give them a clue to find a person who would be doing a certain task. Once they would find the person. They had to complete a task which the person instructed them to do, get their signature and report back to where they started. The teams who were quick and daring qualified for the final round.

The third round was a real escape game wherein the team had to find their way out of the dark room solving clues and riddles which came along their way. They were given an initial clue to find a stable light source. Using the clues they found on their way, they had to navigate their way out of the room. The team who took the least amount of time crowned winners.

Entrepreneurship Workshop: An important highlight of Mozo-Fest’16 was the Entrepreneurship workshop which was conducted by the chief marketing executive of Zomato for Chennai, Mr.Shivam Bajaj. He started by introducing himself, and then interacted with the students about what a startup is and how they function. Then he explained how Zomato started, and emerged into of the biggest companies in the world, what initiatives were taken by the founders and how the company became famous. He mentioned the ways to tackle competition and management. He shared the foreign plans of Zomato and how they were going to implement them.

In the end, he left the floor open for questions from budding entrepreneurs and cleared all their doubts, appreciating their ideas and encouraging them to dream big.

The four days saw exuberant students participate in a myriad of competitions making Mozofest’16 a big success.

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Firefox for Windows 10

Our session was on to create awareness about the new Firefox browser for windows 10. We started with giving our audience a brief introduction on Mozilla, their duties and their mission.

After an introduction we started with our session on Firefox for Windows 10.We showed them the tweaks made to the interface, the participants also noticed a bigger, bolder design and also noticed that they have more space for viewing the web.

We helped the candidates on how to change their default browsing experience to Firefox. We also showed them how Firefox also helps them preserve their choice when using the search field on the Windows 10 taskbar to search the Web. When using this search field, Windows 10 launches a default browser but only shows search results in Microsoft Bing. When they had Firefox set as their default browser on Windows 10, all their Web searches from the taskbar search field showed results in the default search engine they choosed in Firefox.

This session helped the participants to have a clear picture on how to use Mozilla in windows 10 and they were excited for our  future sessions.

BASTION : A WORKSHOP BY SRMKZILLA

SRMKZILLA, the official club of Mozilla in SRM University, organized its first workshop based on Secure Coding with ASP.NET and C#. It was held on 7th and 8th of April 2015.The workshop was conducted by Mr. Sandeep Sengupta and Mr. Abir Atharthy, Director of ISOEH (The Indian School of Ethical Hacking) and former advisor on cyber security for the Government of India, in collaboration with the team of SRMKZILLA. It was held in Mini Hall, T.P.Ganesan Auditorium, SRM University. The event was inaugurated by the Head of Department of Software Engineering. The club leader and the student ambassador Vinay Upadhyay along with the team of SRMKZILLA were also present.

The main focus of the workshop was to teach the students Cyber Security. It included how to prevent hacking of their websites and social accounts and a live demonstration of how hacking is done by hacking the Flipkart website for a few minutes. The students were given an introduction to C# and its relations with Hacking. The workshop also highlighted on importance of securing websites and data. The students honed up their technical knowledge during the two day period of the event.

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DAY 1

After inauguration of the event the required software was shared and installed

by the organising committee on the laptops of all the participants. The software

provided on Day 1 included:

  •  MS Visual Studio Ultimate 2013,
  •  MS SQL

The lecture began with basics of C# and an introduction to coding using it after which SQL and databases were introduced. The students were then taught how to upload the source code on the server and use it. This concluded the session at around 4:00 pm.

DAY 2

The day began at around 9:30 am with an introduction to advanced ASP.NET and securing a code using it was shown. The basics of cyber security and secure coding were taught which was followed by a live demonstration showing the hacking of FLIPKART.COM and a social networking website. Then the version of LINUX by ISOEH, codenamed KALI, was distributed which contained tools helpful to check the security of the code. Then Vinay Upadhyay, Club Lead and Student Ambassador for Mozilla, taught the participants how to code a website using C# and publishing it on the internet. This concluded the final day of the event with a vote of thanksgiving by the ambassador. Certificates from both ISOEH and Mozilla were then handed over to the participants concluding which the guests were taken to the airport from the university. The event was a hit in the campus with a turnout of about 100 students, especially from the departments of Software Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science Engineering. The crowd was an interactive one and had their doubts cleared. The participants enjoyed this technical session and were grateful to the Directors of ISOEH and the team of SRMKZILLA.

E-Luminate (Educating God’s Own Children)

17th January 2015, saw the highly anticipated first event conducted by Srmkzilla: E-Luminate- a humanitarian visit to an orphanage called safe India , for a day of interaction and games with the 40 odd kids who live there. The intent was to instill an interest in computers in their young minds, and this end was achieved by a story telling session, all about the history of computers, narrated by C.M Gautam, following which, was a demo-session on how to use the paint app along with a basic introduction to HTML and CSS, and then a fun packed hour of watching cartoons on YouTube with the help of a projector, lent to us by S.K TECHNOLOGIES.

The event kicked off with a story about Charles Babbage and the history of computers, which we finally got around to, after much effort exerted in calming the tykes down- they were extremely excited. The story managed to enthrall the kids for the next 20 minutes, with a few quips emerging from a couple of wise crackers in the audience, which had us in splits. When asked, “who invented the computer?”, they replied, “hand us a book, and we’ll find the answer for you”.

Story session over, we next moved on to watching cartoons with the help of a projector. The children decided they wanted to watch ‘Chota Bheem ‘, and so that was that. The novelty of watching something on a big screen was enough to quieten the otherwise noisy bunch for a little while. Next was a demonstration on how to use paint to draw pictures on the computer, which elicited, yet again, more excitement from the kids. Following that was an interactive session of HTML and CSS in which we showed them how to display their photo on a webpage which caused quite some excitement.

When lunch time finally came along, they were anxious to make sure that we would return to play with them afterwards. We assured them we would, and we did- one hour later, we picked up where we left off, with the next activity, which was a drawing competition. We handed round crayons, pencils, erasers and sharpeners and the exuberant gang got to work immediately. Most of them decided to go with drawing the typical rural scenery: mountains, a river, a house beside the river, and a tree beside the house. One little boy however, decided to display his creative prowess in a drawing of a peacock and some other atypical things like kaleidoscopic patterns and outlandish flowers. His unique drawing impressed us enough to bag him the first place in the competition. He got a drawing book and his own set of crayons as a gift. Another little girl also won a prize for her exceptionally colorful mountains and rivers.

The orphanage administrators were very thankful for the generous donations made by the team, including a first aid kit, snacks, stationary and mosquito repellants. They expressed their gratitude by insisting that we have a meal with them, and we obliged. When the time for us to leave wound around, there were many sad faces and protests to contend with. The children had become very attached to all of us, and were sad to see us leave and we were no less reluctant to go. All of us who went are so grateful for the opportunity we got, to do something so good and we look forward to carrying out such visits again in the future.