Mozilla Event In Nablus

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 an event about Mozilla’s project’s and contribution opportunity was held at An- Najah National University in Nablus – Palestine . The event was organized by Palestine tech meetups and IEEE Najah students branch .  Many university students and professionals attended the event, they were so excited about Mozilla technologies and they were surprised that Mozilla has many many things besides to Firefox. the greatest product!

The event lasted for four  hours and it has three main speakers who talked about several topics related to Mozilla .

The event started by Yamama Shakaa, a Mozilla tech speaker who is interested in  improving education in Palestine. Yamama started by giving introduction about Mozilla products and projects. She talked briefly about types of Firefox and what Firefox provides for developers. Also, she talked about resources  Mozilla provides for  developers like MDN( Mozilla developers network)  and Mozilla hacks.  Moreover, she gave quick introduction  to some Mozilla developers innovations like RUST and Web Assembly .

The next speaker was Aya Sofan, a Mozilla tech speaker who recently got her master degree in data science. Aya talked about machine learning technology. She linked machine learning with common voice which  is a Mozilla’s initiative to help teach machines how real people speak. She encouraged the audience to donate their voices and help in increasing Arabic voices.

After Aya, Yamama talked  about Mozilla efforts to bring immersive realities to the web. She talked about web virtual reality and Mozilla a-frame. She showed several demos which were built using a-frame. She also talked about Mozilla hubs and how it could help in education. Then she talked about Firefox Reality browser and invited the audience to try it using Oculus go.

The last speaker was Ruba Awayes. Ruba is a Mozilla contributer who works with Arabic localization team and SuMo (Support Mozilla). Ruba gave a great presentation about Mozilla contribution opportunities. She explained in details how she got started her journey as a Mozilla contributor.

It is worthwhile to mention that Ayah, Yamama and Ruba are Techwomen alumni  who got their mentor ship at Mozilla and continues their contribution with Mozilla when getting back home.

The following links contains all presented slides :

Introduction About Mozilla – Yamama Shakaa
https://goo.gl/EyJ4p9

Machine Learning and Common Voice – Ayah Soufa
https://goo.gl/Cb6HHq

Immersive Realities to the web – Yamama Shakaa
https://goo.gl/1aoM8c
Mozilla’s Projects’ and contribution opportuinities.
https://goo.gl/C8WeUs

Here are more photos from the event :

 

Written by Yamama Shakaa

 

 

 

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WebVR & A-Frame Talk

Written By Yamama :

Wednesday 24th October, 2018 I gave a talk about web virtual reality  and A-frame to senior computer science students at An-Najah National university.

 This is the longest talk I did about WebVr. I spent one hour and a half and if I have more time I will take it.  Students were  engaged and excited about the topic and asked a lot of questions.

Even the talk was long I did not get tired and I don’t think that it was boring. It would be so boring if I speak alone.  In my case the audience were around 35 students and we discussed  our opinions and did a lot of comparison during the talk .

I showed them some examples and demos and we went through Aframe  code examples, the visual inspector tool and the A-frame registry .

 

I want to thank my Tech speakers colleagues Felipe Do E. Santo and Srushtika Neelakantam. 

I used the material they shared on their git hub and I asked Felipe a lot of questions  before the session.

This talk has 2 first things. Firstly, it was the first “very long” talk I give. Secondly, it was the first talk that I feel I did well when I finished. I usually finished my talks with the feeling that I did bad and I skipped important info or I talked quickly .

I believe this is because I feel confidence as the  department of computer science  is my comfort zone ; I already know exactly who is my audience . Also, I   got prepared well and asked Felipe about some issues that was not clear to me.

 

 

Dark Funnel Campaign

Tuesday, 25 September ,2018  the Mozilla community in Palestine organized an event as a part of the global dark funnel campaign to help Mozilla understand what’s in the dark funnel (The mystery download sources that %70 of Firefox downloads come from ).

The event was organized in cooperation with  with Engineer without borders students association and the Information Technology faculty at An-Najah National University .

Yamama started the session by introducing students to Mozilla community and Firefox features.

Next, Ruba told  students about how to use search engine to detect dark funnel websites and how to report them.

Around 15 students participated in the event and they did their best to detect Firefox downloads that does not come from official Mozilla websites.

During the event students tried Firefox reality on Oculus go headset and they were impressed about the Virtual experiences they had.

YouTube Video for the talk :

Techspeaker Meetup in Paris

Written By Yamama :

I was invited to attend Mozilla Techspeaker meetup this year in Paris.
The event took place in Mozilla Paris office on 15,16 th September 2018. The purpose of this event is to gather active tech speakers in order to get introduced to each others, attend workshops and get advises about conference speaking ways and strategies from global expert coaches.
The event was wonderful, all participants  delivered a technical talks. All talks were so useful and introduced us to Mozilla’s projects, activities and products . We learned a lot from listening to each others.

I delivered a 7 minutes talk  about Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education. During the talk, I presented a small example I built using (A-frame) to introduce students to Egypt pyramids through a web VR audio tour.

code on github

The coaches feedback was so helpful . They gave their opinion in a positive smart way that help us a lot to improve ourselves and our public speaking skills.
Attending other Tech speakers talks and discussed with them the topic and the coaches opinion was the best part of the event.
All tech speakers are positive and passionate about Mozilla and all were professional in their own way. There is something new I learned from each one of them.
Also, we got the opportunity to attend several workshops about Firefox reality on go , IOT , Rust and web Assembly.


Furthermore, I enjoyed visiting Paris, and going for a tour in the city with those amazing people. We visited  the  National Library, Bank of France, the Stock Exchange, la Place des Victoires, the Ministry of Culture,  the Palais-Royal and the Louvre.


I am grateful that I was able to have this amazing weekend in Paris with the best people anyone can wish for . Thanks to everyone organized and worked hard to make it that success.

More about Techspeaker program and the Paris meetup can be found here.

By Yamama Shakaa

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop About The Importance Of Bringing the VR to the Web

In August 1st ,2018 Yamama and Ruba has organized a two hours workshop for six schools girls who has learned how to develop a VR app using Unity.

The workshop  was about introducing them to the differences between webVR and the normal VR app and how web VR is better in different ways.

Also, students got introduced to A-frame and glitch.com and wrote a code for small web VR app.

It is noteworthy to mention that Yamama and Mofeed Arafat were mentors  of four of the six girls  in Technovation global challenge  which is challenge that required from each team to develop a mobile application that solve a community problem. The team reached the final stage and  participated in the global pitch in silicon valley. They won the senior silver scholarship and the people’s choice award   for their VR project which is an awareness game called “Be a firefighter” that provides real fire situation and asks the users to do the right action to extinguish an existed fire or prevent fire from happening.

 

International Women Days Activities in Three Palestinian Cities

In April, 2018 Arab women  in computing Palestine chapter and Palestine Tech Meetups have organized three events to celebrate the international women day. Many influential women in different fields have participated in the event. The purpose of the event is to present stories of successful women in addition to some technical topics.

Yamama, was a speaker in two of the three events, she talked about webVR and  A-frame which is a framework developed by Mozilla to help in creating virtual reality content on the web .

Each event included a panel of  successful women who talked about their experience, opportunities and  challenges.

More About the event

 

 

Firefox Quantum Sprint

In  17th Octobre 2017 the Mozilla community in collaboration with Arab Women in Computing Palestine chapter has  hosted a 3-hour lab session for testing the new browser engine for Mozilla as part of their Quantum Sprint Campaign. This is part of the global Firefox Quantum Sprint. The event started with Hiba Ghannam , she gave an introduction talk about quality assurance, the importance of testing and the common testing methods. There were another sessions to introduce Birzeit students to ArabWIC activities.

Yamama, gave an introduction about Firefox Quantum and how it is better than other browsers and better than the old version of  Firefox .

Thanks to Birzeit university for hosting us and special thanks to Dr Nariman Ammar for her great support . Many thanks to Shahd Aseedah from GDG  , public relations committee in the department of computer science at Birzeit university, ACM-W BZU chapter and Rami salman photographer. #firefox57 #mozilla #firefox57 #FirefoxQuantumSprint #ArabWIC

The event link : https://goo.gl/CS3aZ6

The event details and more photos : https://goo.gl/XFpQZR