Marketplace Day Events & Outcomes

I am very happy to share updates from Hyderabad 2.0 & Jaipur versions of Marketplace Day & the impact of these events till now.

Marketplace Day Hyderabad 2.0

This was nice to see the collab house again full of energy the night after the first version of this series. In discussion with the marketplace team before the event we figured out that this time we had less number of ready-to-pick good first bugs, so we didn’t invite much attendees. The room with 15 odd code passionate coders witnessed the coding, food & fun whole night. We worked on 9 bugs that night and our contributors filed/fixed more than 15 bugs during the event and in the rest of the month. Here are links of photo album and event etherpad.

Marketplace Day Jaipur

This was the best of all three MPDay events we have organized till date.  Here is the summary of this event-

  • Our of total 35 attendees, 35 successfully set up Fireplace before event itself
  • 10 Attendees successfully set up Docker
  • Bugs filed/patched during the event : 14
  • Bugs Assigned in total : 18
  • More links – Read Full BlogpostPhotosInfoPad
  • Find all Marketplace Day events photos here.

Outcomes & Whats next

These is the pilot run of series of Marketplace Day events, where we are exploring how to conduct such events successfully & make best out of such events. Here are few outcomes of these events –

We will soon updates you more on our process of event format. Reps, be ready to jump into Marketplace Events. Doing good is part of our code 🙂


‘Mobile Optimized Web’ in Marketplace, it’s much more than just another project by Mozilla

Mozilla always had a clear goal of keeping the Web as the most powerful public resource, and keeping web open and accessible for anyone. Mozilla was formed when there was a threat to openness of web, and till today Mozilla is proudly standing there for the web. Firefox OS was also launched by Mozilla to give users one more choice in the mobile world as well. Mozilla recently introduced concept of including MOW (Mobile Optimized Web) into Firefox Marketplace (app store for Firefox OS). This concept is simply about ‘Expanding the Marketplace catalogue to include a curated set of mobile-optimized websites’ for better discoverability of content on mobile devices.

Mozilla includes 'Mobile Optimized Websites' along with apps into its app store Marketplace.

Mozilla includes ‘Mobile Optimized Websites’ along with apps into its app store Marketplace.

But I see this project as another big initiative by Mozilla towards keeping web powerful and not a project to including websites with apps on its Markerplace. Here Mozilla is standing with web to make sure the web is not affected by the power apps eco-system is getting today.

Today, the mobile apps eco-system is growing exponentially and has been accepted very well by public. At the same time I think the power which the apps eco-system is getting today, is a potential threat to web. I am not at all worried (and this will definitely not happen) that web will be completely overtaken by app world. Now what is problem with apps eco-system? I do not see any issue with apps world, but web should not be affected from this. The main problem with app world is that this is owned by few giant powerful hands, this is not open and public resource as web is. If people keep shutting down their websites in favour of apps, we will not have any public resource which is not owned by anyone, but all of us.

When a user clicks on an icon and access the content for a purpose, he actually cares for better UX mostly. He will not have any concerns whether he is accessing an app or a website. This is the reason, Mozilla is including mobile optimized sites also in the marketplace. With including websites on marketplace, the users will definitely get more better results for their searches which will give them better search experience. You can read more about MOW on Mozilla blog or on its Mozilla wiki page.

In short, introducing MOW into Marketplace should:

  • Give mobile optimized websites equal importance as it is given to apps on mobile world.
  • Help users discover content that they want through a seamless discovery experience between apps and the web on mobile devices.
  • Help catalyse the move to the web as the platform for mobile devices.
  • Utilize the collective wisdom of our community, for the benefit of our community, to bring the best of the web to everyone.

Month of Titles – Friend of Marketplace & Friend of Mozilla

The last month was really exciting, will better say that this was a month of recognition.

FOMMarketplace team selects one contributor every month for recognition as ‘Friend of Marketplace’, and in June I was the one chosen for this title. Read the full article on Mozilla’s app blog. To nominate yourself or someone else for this title, you can submit they contribution at monthly wiki page, find more details at Marketplace wiki page.

Screenshot from 2015-07-09 00:13:57Marketplace Day Hyderabad, the first ever regional marketplace code contribution event, was really a big success. I was really honoured to see my name as Friend of Mozilla an the next project meeting. You can read all notes of this meeting on this wiki page.

Doing good is part of our code 🙂 Proud to be a Mozillian.

How I started contributing to Mozilla

Myself as Mozillian

Summary of my journey with Mozilla from March till December 2013

Since 9th standard I am using internet, and the day I started using internet is same the day I started using Mozilla products (starting with Firefox, our most favourite browser). I am feeling glad to volunteer as Mozillian, and now this has been around 9 months that I have been doing this work. I would like to share my experience with you, what all I did, and I got volunteering with Mozilla.

In March, we had one Mozilla event in our campus in which Mozilla Rep Sujith Reddy told us about Open Source, Open Web and Mozilla. He also told us many ways to support Mozilla like AoA, Support Forum, App Development etc. This is where I got a push to volunteer Mozilla. He also told us how Mozilla recognizes volunteers’ contribution.

March : Ground work, Planned for Club

I started exploring more about stuffs I learned in the workshop. I talked to my classmates and we decided to initiate a community so that other also gets chance to know about Open Source. With the mission of providing a good encouraging environment for others we planned to initiate a club. We had a couple of meeting and finalized name ‘Open Source Open Community’, we also agreed upon names of Janet Ma’am as our staff advisor, my name as club lead.

Mozilla Event, NITT

First Mozilla Event attended by me at NITT

April: Initiated OSOC, Started contributing to SuMo

April 01, 2013 was the day OSOC finally started activities. We had first General Body Meeting, and planned for kick off events. We decided for two workshops in April & May. We were in touch with Mozilla reps Sujith Reddy & Jai Pradeesh. With their help we organised our first event on April 19, 2013. It was an Open Source & Mozilla introduction session for MCA students of our college.

Other than this, I personally started contributing Mozilla with SuMo – AoA, QA etc. I also filed my first bug. We also celebrated 15th anniversary of Mozilla this month.

May : Joined FSA, Organised Events

FSA Program was launched by Mozilla this month. I, along with my friends, joined FSA program. I was very excited about this program since April itself when I got to know about it from Mozilla’s Facebook page. I told one of my friends, Osho Parth, at Jaipur about OSOC, FSA etc. and he also shown lot of interest in it. He is one of active Mozilla contributors. We organised another event from OSOC in our campus. This time we were delighted by presence of ReMo Sujith Reddy and Mozillian Sairam Sundar. Links of event is myPictureEditItNow copy 1

We also planned one more event for Jaipur, MozhackJaipur. Osho has also started a club in Jaipur named Jaipur Open Source Open Community, and Mozhack was inauguration event for JOSOC. It was also a huge success. For the first time I was on such a big stage in a big hall as lead speaker. Link of this event is

I reached on the top of AoA’s “Top contributors this week” list. From May till now, most of the time I held position in this list.

June : I became a mozillian now.

My profile on was vouched by Sujith Reddy. I also applied for GSoC (Google Summer of Code) and tried to get a project at Mozilla, but unfortunately didn’t get it. This was time I learned about Firefox OS, and started writing apps for Firefox marketplace. I also got to know more about IRC, Mailing lists etc. Tried starting with Firefox hacking. I kept writing posts on my blog about Mozilla related stuffs.

July : First app got accepted for Firefox marketplace, Started following Mailing lists

I submitted my first app in May itself, but it was rejected. Then in vacations I learned more and removed all errors. Finally this month my first app was submitted. I helped other friends also, and another app by my friend Prity Bhudolia was also accepted in this month itself. I also started following mailing lists. Click here for list of my apps.


Aug-Sept : Busy with placement preparation, still continued my contributions  – helped many fellow FSAs.

It was most important time of my college life, and for two month I was continuously studying for placements. Finally I got a very good job offer. During this period also I tried to continue contribution. I stated with Answering Questions on SuMo forum, and of course I was continuing AoA. In this period I was also helping my club members and other friends with their contribution to Mozilla. I helped few of my friends in publishing their apps to marketplace. And pulled many of my friends to FSA program. I was actively helping people in OSOC and JOSOC groups.

Oct : Organized series of 3 workshops

Our club organized three workshops in our campus on topics Open Source, Web Development & App development respectively. These were the biggest workshops we ever organized. Report of the workshop can be found on OSOC blog at  We also had a meeting with ReMo Sujith Reddy when he visited our campus on 24th. I joined few more mailing lists, and following them actively. I got AoA badge in this month. I also kept posting about Mozilla and its products on my blog.

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Nov : App of The Month winner, added to about:credits

For FSA I developed couple of apps for Firefox Marketplace. One of them also became the winner of ‘App of the month contest’. I also filed one new bug. This month itself I was awarded with the AoA badge. We also spend time on planning for winter vacations events at Jaipur. Our planning’s etherpad link is

Dec : Jaipur Events(One Month, One Mozilla, One City and Me), Bugzilla

I came to my hometown, and as we planned few events in November itself, we executed them well, you can read about all of them in my blog post The events were organized by myself and Osho Parth, and were guided by ReMo Dron Rathore. Along with organizing two grand workshops we also initiated MCR community (which I take as one giant footstep for building Mozilla community in Rajasthan).MozJaipur

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I had started my try to hack Firefox in June, but now I could finally see some results. This month I was able to submit 2 patches out.  I also submitted 4 apps this month. Got many new contributors. Now few more events are yet to be organized. One in JNV school & another in Rajdhani College.

Useful Links :

I would like to give lots of thanks to Mozilla Reps, RMAs, FSA and friends who helped me and encouraged me. Thanks Sujith Reddy, Dron Rathore, Sankha Narayan Guria, Jai Pradeesh, Ashish Namdev, Swarnava Sengupta,  Vikas Reddy Burri, and others also whose name I could not add here.

Again thank you all.

– Ram
Jaipur, India
December 23, 2013

Note : This content was there on my blog as page Myself as Mozillian which I wrote long back, I published this content as blog post now. You can find out latest updates about myself as Mozilla Rep on mozilla-reps blog posts or on Reps portal.

Marketplace Day Hyderabad – Event Report

I am feeling proud to write about the first event regional marketplace community building event ‘Marketplace Day’ organized by us in Hyderabad. Unlike its name, it was actually an over night event 😉 and 25 enthusiastic participants and volunteers (who were curated based on their application form) woke up whole night to work on marketplace bugs. You can read full report about the event flow and report at my post on Mozilla India blog. Here I would like to put the summary and special mentions about the event.

As a summary, the event was all about –

  • 25 Hackers with open eyes whole night
  • 15 Night Hours of Fun
  • 15 Bugs targeted
  • 11 Pull Requests
  • 5 New Bugs filed

Undoubtedly everyone did an amazing job to make this event a super success, I would like to mention few participants here for their special contributions to the event –

  • Ravi Teja took a quick session to introduce Git during the event, fixed bugs and provided lot of help to fellow participants.
  • Sukhwinder Singh Sehgal helped fellow participants in setting up the fireplace.
  • Saahiljeet Singh not only worked on fixing bugs, but also submitted 5 new bugs.
  • Manoj Kumar, Jaipal Singh Goud, Bharath submitted most number of Pull Requests.

Friend of Mozilla :

Thanks a lot Amy for giving updates about this event at last week’s project meeting and getting me the shout-outs. I loved to see my name mentioned as the newest Friend of Mozilla on the meeting notes at

Few more event related links