Voxxed Days Bristol 2017

Roaring winds, chilling weather and lovely people – That’s Bristol, United Kingdom. Bristol is a city straddling the River Avon in the southwest of England with a prosperous maritime history. Voxxed Days Bristol is an annual event focused on bringing experienced speakers across world to deliver potential tech talks. I was invited as speaker to deliver a talk at Voxxed Days Bristol 2017.

Voxxed Days Bristol is a one day event with multiple tracks running parallel. It was attended by developers of various domains from in and around UK.

My session was scheduled for afternoon. I spoke on the current threats posing for web applications, what are the available open source web security tools that can be used to detect these threats/vulnerabilities in web app, how can you use them and a live demo to detect vulnerabilities using OWASP ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy). The one hour talk went very well. Many developers are new to web security domain and were very enthusiastic to know about these threats. Talk was attended by 50-70 attendees.  By the end of the day, I really felt proud that I was the only one representing a global organization, Mozilla n only Indian speaker!

Sharing my fav capture..!!

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More details about my talk: https://voxxeddays.com/bristol/2017/02/02/securing-the-web/

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Mozfest 2016

Its always a wonderful experience descending through a thick blanket of fog covering London in the morning and landing at London Heathrow!

Yes, Let the celebration of Mozfest 2016 start!

This is my second Mozfest and I am super excited to be part of it. I was part of an exhibit in Demystify the Web space. I worked with Kevin Fann (Mozilla Employee) in installing the exhibit.

The installation aims to create a bit of suspended reality about the nature of a “selfie” of one’s face (a new phenomenon) and the nature of a reflected mirror-image of one’s face (a very old phenomenon).

It also attempts to add to a question raised earlier this year by Kevin Kelly, when he said in a Mozilla interview, “Vanity trumps privacy.” Does it?

The exhibit was visited by 500+ attendees.

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This year there were so many projects focusing on connected devices. I tried to fly a drone which lifts depending on my concentration power. Mozfest gives opportunity to interact with vivid cultures around the world and connect with like minded people.

Sharing the global Moz tech speakers group pic in foxy style 😀

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Moz Tech Speakers workshop @ Mozilla India Meetup 2016

Mozilla India meetup is an annual gathering of active Mozillians from all around India. It happened at Pune, India this year. Myself and Diwanshi were asked to organize Mozilla Tech Speaker session at the meetup. We planned to give the jist of how we train the speakers once they were accepted into Tech speaker program.

Dietrich kick off the session with intro to Tech speaker program, What you can expect from program and who can be part of it.

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Later, Diwanshi and myself shared few details on upcoming Winter training session, its dates to apply. We divided the participants into group of 5 people and started the activities which were focused to enhance their speaking abilities. One of the funny activity was battle-decks.

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The event was attended by 30 participants who were divided into 6 groups. At the end of the day, we had Mozilla India community pic with foxy!

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Riviera Dev 2016

Surrounded by prominent MNCs around, Sophia Tech university is located at a place so called “Silicon Valley of French Riviera”. Riviera Dev is an annual event organized by Riviera JUG  (Java User Group) of French Riviera. This year it happened at Sophia Tech and I was invited to speak on “Securing the Web” at the event.

The fun started a day prior to commencement of the event. We had a speakers dinner on the coast of Vallauris. One interesting fact…. The sun sets at this place at around 2 am midnight! Lemme share few moment on the sea…

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Riviera Dev 2016 started with the key note by the organizers. Many developers from in and around French Riviera attended the event this year. I was really excited for my session. I need to admit that I was a bit nervous thinking how will I be handling a session for the people who are a far more experienced than me.

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My session was scheduled on second day. I spoke on the current threats posing for web applications, what are the available open source web security tools that can be used to detect these threats/vulnerabilities in web app, how can you use them and a live demo to detect vulnerabilities using OWASP ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy). The one hour talk went very well. Many developers are new to web security domain and were very enthusiastic to know about these threats. My talk was attended by 190-210 attendees.  By the end of the day, I really felt proud that I was the only one representing a global organization, Mozilla n only Indian speaker!

Sharing my fav moments during my talk….

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Grow Vizag 2016

“Grow Vizag” was focused on strengthening the Mozilla Vizag community and improving the volunteer participation in ongoing Mozilla projects. As part of “Grow Vizag” campaign, I was invited to deliver a talk on emerging connected devices and different projects that Mozilla was experimenting related to IoT at a National level fest happening at MVGR College of Engineering.

I took 2hrs long session focusing on different aspects starting from def of Open Source, being part of Open source community, Mozilla and its mission, Mozilla manifesto, Evolutionary IoT concepts, successful connected device projects in market and future of IoT.

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The talk was attended by 218 participants of the age group between 18-20. They were so excited about the IoT projects out there. Few students also approached with their ideas.  It was an amazing event with energized participants.

At the end of event, I am presented with a book signed by the Dean of the college. Thanks to P Ramaraju for inviting me for the event!

 

 

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Firefox OS and IoT @Tirupathi 2016

This was my first visit to Tirupathi not for devotional purpose. I was here to support the new born Mozilla Tirupathi in community building and to deliver talk on Firefox OS and IoT.

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Mozilla Tirupathi Community building:

It was quick meet at cafe with the active Mozillians from Tirupathi community. We discussed on many issues that are effecting the community in its growth and tries to build solution for it. We also had discussion on venue for community meet-ups/events.

At Sree Rama Engineering College:

The morning session started with talking about FOSS, Mozilla, FSA program, Mozilla Projects, OWASP and Contributions to FSA followed by Architecture of Firefox OS, creating simple webapp.

In the afternoon session, We moved to computer lab and participants were asked to work on their app ideas. By the end of the day 2 teams were able to come up with working app at their initial stages.

The event was attend by 150-170 third year and final year engineering students from the college. After the event, we were invited to have a meet with College Dean. The college administration agreed to provide venue for community events/meetups at free of cost. They were excited to launch Mozilla club in their college.

Thanks to Dinesh for inviting me. Kudos to Sanjay for supporting me at the event.

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MozFest 2015

My heart filled with joy when I landed at London City Airport from Dublin. Excited to quickly kick start my day.. Cuz it Mozfest!! Yayyy I am here in central London to facilitate at the festival.

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The 3-day festival kickstarted by Michelle Thorne. We had funny introduction sessions which broke the barriers of shy n hesitation to mingle with fellow mozillians. I just felt it as a family reunion. I can say this is  #mozlove ^_^

Here are few captured moments of Day-1.

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For Day-2, I quickly took note of workshops I gonna be attending. The first workshop for the day was “Hack the Backpack” by Matt Rogers. I enjoyed working with Mark Richies, CEO of Makewaves on designing badges for MozSec contributors. Later, I got chance to test the beta version of “X-ray googles” (You should definitely try it 😉 ) Fortunate to meet Chad from MDN team, We discussed on different template designs for MDN content kits. The atmosphere in MozFest will help you to interact with any Mr. X very comfortably. All thanks to Mozfest team for creating such environment.  One thing I realized was every conversation with a person revolves around the Mozilla principles and its mission. Sharing few crazy selfies of Day-2.

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The last day at Mozfest boosted my passion for contributing for Mozilla. I felt essence of global community. It answered few vital questions like

  • Why are you here
  • The importance of an active contributor in a community
  • What responsibilities you are bearing and how to carry out them
  • The role of a participation leader
  • Building healthy community

The Participation team lead by George Roter and his wonderful team has really showed its strong existence in Global Mozilla community. I am glad that I attended George participation meetup on day-1. His concept of farming was really inspirational and worth spreading word about it for building an efficient community.

My inspiration from this year Mozfest would be spreading word about global community of Mozilla and about open source culture in my region. Being participation leader, help to built efficient community and guiding contributors through a goal oriented pathway. Creating new pathways for contribution.

The group pics which shouldn’t be missed!!

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