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.
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.