FOSS Wave arrives at another destination! On 24th September 2016, we conducted an event at the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore, India. The event was a joint effort of Mozilla Indore community and FOSS Wave.
The main agenda of our event was:
- Introduction to open source
- Web development
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Web-powered Virtual Reality (Web VR)
Introducing open source in Indore
The event started by highlighting the term “FOSS”, or “free and open source software“. We talked about what open source is, why is it important, and how to get started with it. A brief discussion took place on open source projects. Soon after an interactive session, we started with a short discussion on community-building practices by Pushpita Dey (Mozilla).
Internet of Things
He gave a summary of ultramodern technology—connected devices—and their role in the growing world. GitHub was something out of the agenda, but since we wanted students to understand how they can collaboratively build and contribute to projects, a short hands-on was given on git. We talked about how students can commit code and do basic git operations.
After the basic architecture of the IoT, we jumped into writing small API functions. We made our way to controlling a LED attached to a particular PIN number on an Arduino. For ease of understanding, we made sure that the code and the step-by-step process were clearly documented. He also explained the physical architecture of Arduinos and Raspberry Pis as open hardware devices.
Web-powered virtual reality
The next session was on Web VR, taken up by Shubham Geete (Mozilla). He talked about how people can create VR content on the web using A-frame. Students were amazed to see the power of three.js and WebGL. He also talked about various open source projects working on Web VR and how one can start contributing to them.
You can watch a recording of his session on YouTube.
Closing out in Indore
The event ended with the launch of a Mozilla Club at IIT, Indore. Students showed great participation and enthusiasm for open source and were looking forward to evolve as great open source contributors. We distributed swag and had one-to-one sessions where students discussed their ideas and shared technologies they want help to explore.
We would like to thank Mrinal Jain (Mozilla Rep), IIT, the Indore tech club and management, and the Mozilla community for their help in conducting this event.