Sunday, 22 September 2013

Maker Party in a Birthday Party

Today it was a special day for me, I was very happy, super excited to celebrate one of our webmaker Hitesh's birthday party planned by my juniors. We (Me,Ajay, Maniraj, Hitesh, Bharath, Santhosh, Vineeth, Abdul GhaniSudheer and Manoj) all thought of celebrating it in a restaurant which was a usual thing for us, then got an idea why not having a Maker Party in a birthday Party. All of us planned all of a sudden and arrived to Fort Warangal which has historic importance and as it was a Sunday, many people would visit the Fort!!

We all gathered by 11 am, and planned what to do and how to do. First we all invited the people who were present in the Kush Mahal (one of the buildings of Fort Warangal) while cake cutting in order to attract them and let them participate in Maker Party, everybody sung the birthday song and greeted birthday boy Hitesh. Cake was distributed among all, after that it was a time to start the Maker Party.

At that time we had a 10 years old kid and a guide of Kush Mahal who was of  68 years old. We were divided into groups, I and Ajay went to 68 years old grand father 'Mallesham'. Abdul Ghani and Vineeth Reddy started interacting with 10 years kid 'Raju' and rest of them were in search of new people coming in!! When we started interacting with them, we discovered that there is no signal for internet. There was no other option for us except to tell him about the history of computer, it's uses, story of web and Mozilla, our mission and about the webmaker project. After telling them the mission of Web Maker Project he felt very happy with the awesome work our community is doing. I have shown them pictures of Maker Party which we hosted in warangal, Grandfather also wanted to create a page, so I used notepad editor and made him to write his name, his profession and about his family. After seeing his name in the browser happiness was blooming in his face.He also wanted old telugu songs to be loaded in his mobile, Ajay told how the songs could be loaded in a mobile using the memory card from a computer, he loaded grand father's  favourite songs and made grandfather so happy...:)

Vineeth started showing the kid about the basics of internet, how to start using Firefox Browser, he told about email, facebook etc. It was Hitesh who managed in getting the crowd, in few time,good crowd gathered around us,there were auto drivers who joined us in the Maker Party, Maniraj and Santhosh told about the story of Mozilla, why we are here and what we wanted them to do, as there was no internet, they told about the Mozilla Community.

We also had an on-sight photographer present at kushmahal, he also joined us in the maker party, Bharath, Sudheer and Manoj did the same job which we were doing. He told that every Sunday there will be many people coming here and he wanted us to come every sunday and host Maker Parties..:) Finally Sudheer distributed Firefox Stickers to all of them.

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