It’s the joyful season of Techno-Summit in our university. The only time in the year students get to bunk classes officially. Techno-Summit is a 3 day’s technical symposium, wherein lot students from various colleges come in and participate in various events and workshops. We the students of Sathyabama Firefox Club had organized one such workshop “Localization” with a limited entry, restricting to 50 students for each language(Hindi,Telugu, Tamil). The Computer Science Department of our university is a 3 storied building, with 3 labs in each floor.
Eventually the registration desk was really jam-packed with all the registration in-charges completely occupied with the students and helping them in registering.
Since the seats were limited we received a nice response from the students who were interested in contributing to Mozilla with Localization and very soon we started with the sessions.
The Ground Floor Lab was taken over by Dyvik Chenna one of the leading experts and a top contributor towards Telugu Localization and he was accompanied by Nikhil Patel who is also a leading contributor and an enthusiastic App-Maker and is pursuing his degree from our very own college. The entire session was made so power-packed by our contributors. They made students learn Localization by playing games. As they say “Knowledge which you discover with zeal, can’t be forgotten over a lifetime”, and that’s exactly what they did to make the session fun and active. We also had our two FSA’S (Subhash and Bharath) who helped the students with their difficulties.
The students were taught a lot of new things about Localization which they didn’t know earlier.
Rajesh Ranjan – he is a full time professional translator and journalist. Currently working as a Language Maintainer, Hindi at Red Hat. He is associated with several Localization projects like Fedora, GNOME, OpenOffice.org, KDE and Mozilla in various ways. Also associated as the Coordinator of Mozilla l10n team for Maithili, OpenOffice.org Hindi Team, Fedora Hindi and Maithili team, Maithili KDE team and Maithili GNOME team. He is also a Team Leader at Translation Project Hindi. He is also a Fedora Ambassador. He started a linguistic project named “FUEL”. Before joining Red Hat he worked with a reputed Media Company “The Indian Express Group” and “Literate World”
Chandrakanth Dhutadmal – he is a post graduate in computer engineering from university of Pune. Starting his career as a University of Pune approved faculty in computer engineering stream, he served various engineering colleges for a period of five years before joining Centre for development of advanced computing (C-DAC) in January, 2006 as Member Technical Staff.
Currently he is working as Senior Technical officer, in Graphics and Intelligence based scripting technology (GIST) group of C-DAC. His specialization includes Localization and Internationalization, Project Management, Software and Quality Engineering and is currently working on various research projects of State and National importance. He is a Certified Localization Professional (CLP Level 1) from The Institute of Localization Professional (TILP) since 2010 and Distinction holder in online certification course in eGov of Govt. of Maharashtra. He is also active member of free and open source projects like “Mozilla Firefox” and “FUEL” project.
During his tenure at C-DAC, Mr. Dhutadmal has been instrumental in getting and executing various projects like www.marathivishwakosh.com and others from state govt. He has participated in various National and International events like elitex, agis , “16th Annual LRC Internationalisation & Localisation Conference” in Limerick, Ireland and “Hindi World Conference” at Johanesburg, South Africa.
Both the contributors thought all the students on how to contribute to Mozilla via Localization. The students were really keen and interested. All the students requested them to conduct a hands-on session too.
After which all the students were give some cool Mozilla swags which delighted them a lot.
A super awesome click with the Hindi Contributors.
Once all the sessions were over in all the floors it was time for a group picture with all the Localizers and Firefox Student Ambassadors.