Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mozilla L10n Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati and Angika Community Meetup 2018

Mozilla L10n Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati and Angika Community Meetup 2018

1-2 September 2018, Pune

जहां चाह है, वहां राह है"
“Where there's a will there's a Way”

"If you are determined, you can find a way to achieve whatever you want, even if it is very difficult."

I would love to start this Blog with above saying which is the perfect match of what we have achieved as outcome of the L10n meetup held in Pune during 1-2, September 2018.

It was an honor for me to get an invite to participate in the meetup and give a talk on ‘How to bring Impact on Mozilla mission through localization and QA’.

With the objective of not to miss any moment or any session of the meetup, I started from Kolkata on 31st August 2018 and landed Pune at late evening on the same day.

Without wasting any time, I rushed to the hotel to see some of the participants before they go to sleep. Yes, my plan was successful, I manged to meet and kill some of the time of Prathamesh and Aniket :P

Accommodation was arranged for all the participants in Hotel Novotel, which is a world class International 5 Star hotel in Pune.

As expected, I was suppose to share room with Umesh who already checked in the hotel on same evening. We discussed about plan of the meetup scheduled next morning. I then had my dinner ‘Veg Biryani’ in the hotel room itself. Next morning, i.e on 1st September, we all assembled in hotel lobby at around 8:00 AM. We quickly finished breakfast and left for the venue of the meetup. Complimentary breakfast at the hotel was an awesome combination of South India, North India and regional dishes. 

Highlights of Day-1

Umesh started ‘Day-1’ with interactive discussion and introduction of all the participants. He also took their views, feedback and exception with the two days meetup. The bold statement of the session was: Don’t hesitate to ask any questions.” After having introductory session, we moved on various sessions as follows.

Session-1 ‘Ice- breakdown -- Warm up session’ by Umesh Agarwal
Before kicking start with the agenda, Umesh has quickly announced the agenda for the day. Participants of the meetup mutually decided the hash-tag of the meetup as, #MozINL10n18

Session-2: “How to bring Impact on Mozilla Mission through Localization and QA” by Shahid Ali Farooqui 

I divided my session in to following there parts.
1. Languages
2. Bringing impact in regional community through localization and QA
3. Bringing Impact on Mozilla Mission through Localization and QA

I mostly tried to motivate participants toward focusing on quality and consistent contribution in localization.

Session-3: Understand the Individual's Role - Eg. Manger, Translator, Reviewer and Product Tester by Umesh Agarwal

Session-4: Pontoon Tool Overview Tips and Tricks by Dhiraj Kumar Singh and Mahtab Alam 

Session-5: Firefox for Mobile Quality Check and Terminology Consistency by Ravi Kumbhkar 

Session-6: Firefox for Android Quality Check and Terminology Consistency (Individual team breakout)

Lunch Break: We all enjoyed Domino’s Pizza

Session-7: Introduction to Bugzilla and Bug Filing, Access Rights, Mozilla L10n Blog by Gujarati Team 

Session-8: Individual Team Feedback (General Comment by all ‘A Productive Day’)

Day-1 end-up with Cake Cutting, Swag distribution, group photo and then grand dinner

Highlights of Day-2

We all assembled at hotel lobby at around 8:30 AM to have breakfast and to leave for the venue of the meetup. Like Day-1, complimentary breakfast at the hotel was an awesome combination of South India, North India and regional dishes.

Day-2 started with the recap of day-1, individual team work of day-1 and planning to complete the task in day-2.

All the team completed the localization of products under the supervision of their locale leaders.

Lunch Break: We all enjoyed the lunch from KFC.

After the lunch, following session were conducted.

Session-1: Training session for new members -- How to do it? Let’s discuss by Chandrakant and Shahid 

Session-2: SUMO Pages translation process and Quality Check by Mahtab Alam 

Session-3: Agile Methodology by Umesh Agarwal

Session-4: Feedback from participants 

Champ of the Year 2018 for each locale are recognizer with a special gift. 

Angika: Kumar Ritu Raj 

Gujarati: Hariom Panchal

Hindi: Mahtab Alam

Marathi: Narendra Petkar and Nilima Chavan


Day-2 end-up with a group photograph, grand dinner and saying bye-bye with a commitment to meet again with same enthusiasm and passion.

My Observation about the Meetup: This meetup was part of the Mozilla L10n community events in 2018. The meetup was of very high standard, productive and end up with great success metrics. Approximately twenty leaders of four regional languages traveled from various parts of the country to participate in the meetup.

Acknowledgements:  My special thanks to Umesh for taking initiative and hosting such a productive meetup of year 2018. My sincere thanks to Prathamesh, Aniket, Chandrakant Ji and Umesh for such an outstanding logistics arrangement and their tiring efforts to make the meetup successful and productive. Last but not the least, I thanks all the participants for all their contributions, sparing valuable time and traveling all the way from their place to Pune to participate in the meetup.

My Takeaway: Good to see community heading in right directions with full of strength! 

Discussion over tea: I thanks Chandrakant ji and his wife for offering me an awesome tea at their home.

Photo of the Meetup:

Useful Resource:

Meetup Wiki Page for more details: Click Here

Photos of Day-1: Click Here 

Photos of Day-2: Click Here 


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