National Center for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) set up by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) conducted a two-day science exhibition on February 28 and March 1 on account of Science Day. The exhibition was planned at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) Centre located in Khodad, about 100 km from Pune.
Mozillians + FOSS Community of India + National Center of Radio Astrophysics scientist = two days filled with awesomeness!!
Around 12,000 students, teachers and other enthusiasts visit the exhibition from neighboring rural areas, so our first aim was to make people aware about What is Mozilla and What is Firefox, and that Firefox is also available in local languages like Marathi,Hindi. And the way they can download the localized version. As the people from the rural area preferred Marathi, so they showed interest in Firefox Marathi.
The students were also introduced with the concept of VR and WebVR , the students got excited experiencing the VR contents. Interested students were told about A-Frames which is a WebVR content-creation framework by Mozilla.
The visitors were also made aware about the privacy issues on the internet, almost everyone visited were not aware about the issues, they were also told the ways to protect their privacy online and the various feature and add-on provided on Firefox to protect privacy were explained to them.
The FOSS Community introduced people with the concept of open source and what are free and open source software. The alternative free and open source software for proprietary software for various purpose were also introduced.
Students were also introduced with RaspberryPi and BeagleBone with live demo by connecting it to monitors.
Open Source software DVDs were also distributed among the interested students for free.
Thanks to the entire team for spending two days promoting Free and Open Source software among students and professionals.