init() #Makerparty2014 @PVG, Nashik

The day Mozilla Webmaker announced the dates of Makerparty 2014, an FSA Aanand Pant reached out to me and showed his interest to host one in his college. So, we with Ankit Gadgil and Awesome community members from Nashik started planning a Makerparty. We decided that this event would be more like a testing for other makerparty(s) of this year. We also organized an online meetup on 10th July at this etherpad.

Group Photo

Mozilla Nashik Community @Makerparty

We planned to do something different this time so Ankit came with his Awesome idea that we will change the structure of the event. We decided to have parallel sessions on each webmaker tool including Appmaker like HIVE events with one difference that each attendee will have hands on for the tools they like or interested in.

So Finally on 12th July we started with our first maker party of 2014 in Nashik. We Kicked off with spreading awareness about Mozilla, FOSS , Open Web and What Internet is!!!

Me with Ankit Gadgil, Mayur Patil and Vishal Chavan spreading awareness of Open Source

Me with Ankit Gadgil, Mayur Patil and Vishal Chavan spreading awareness of Open Source

Following the introduction to Webmaker, we gave a short (5 mins) demo of each tool to everyone and then we gave them choice to go for any tool they are interested in.

Aanand Pant giving demo on X-ray goggles.

Aanand Pant giving demo on X-ray goggles.

The idea of having a parallel session worked a lot. Thanks to Ankit Gadgil 🙂 .

Hand on each tool simultaneously.

Hands on each tool simultaneously.

For the first time we introduced Appmaker as a fourth Webmaker tool and the scenario was really amazing and surprising that the Appmaker session was most crowded of all whereas initially x-ray goggles session was empty which is totally opposite from the previous event scenarios. Ankit and Mayur Patil conducted a UCD(User Centered Design) for appmaker and they really did a good job (y) .

Proposed App ideas, Appmaker suggestions and UCD

Proposed App ideas, Appmaker suggestions and UCD

As this was a testing Makerparty , we got many ideas, suggestions and learning which we are going to implement in coming MakerParty(s).

Also, as the webmaker banners weren’t available, I made few posters of webmaker tools.

Maker Party handmade posters. Try these in your too. :)

Maker Party handmade posters. Try these in your too. 🙂

Eco- Friendly Webmaker chart which works as a banner too. :P

Eco- Friendly Webmaker chart which works as a banner too. 😛

Here are some useful links from the event:

 

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