Webmaker Kiosk at BIW2015, Sylhet

Bangladesh is a developing country. The current Government has promised the nation to present a fully digital country by 2021. This is currently buzzed as Vision 2021. To materialize this vision of a digital country, the government is greatly focusing on ICT development.

11988514_705480409558403_1929155727118335453_nInternet, the global communication network that allows almost all computers worldwide to connect and exchange information. In Bangladesh, there are over 40 million internet users in the country whom specially use internet through mobile device. People of Bangladesh view internet usage in a limited scope; such as for social networking. So to increase awareness of the life changing capabilities of the internet for every sector, mobile operator Grameenphone and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services(BASIS) with association with the ICT division launched “Bangladesh Internet Week-2015” for the first time. This fair was held at District indoor Stadium, Sylhet on 11th September, 2015. In this massive event, Mozilla Bangladesh also take a part with recent project called ‘Webmaker for Android’ to introduce the user an easier way to conceive their social and economic opportunities and to explode their creative mind.

2015-Webmaker-WebBanners-Vertical-300x600-BanMozilla has been developing tools to help people surf and use the web safely. But, in recent years it has focused on sharing and making on the web. In 2015, Mozilla has introduced a new Android application named Webmaker, which focuses on content sharing on the web, without any prior knowledge of programming or web page generating. The whole app works with simple touch gestures and drag ‘n drop. So, it’s pretty easy to use and almost everyone can use it.

11149587_1198109813551783_4159916636593146140_nOur webmaker exhibited on kiosk, which is a three man standable stall. The number of volunteers of ‘Sylhet Mozillians’ were engaged in and prepared the kiosk with more exquisite way to captivate the interested visitants. We demonstrate the logging process, features to make projects and the technique’s of how to highlight their own project by sharing to social websites.

11987056_982381125152550_6519554823482658018_n10418486_878708068887933_3539463159430588865_nThe stream of visitors were attracted to our kiosk as it was the second kiosk. So, we had to deal with a lot of people, a lot. From the very beginning our kiosk was almost full every minute. We had five volunteers for demonstration and I don’t remember if I saw them sitting or being idle for a single minute. We were asking everyone to get their phone out and download the app then we encouraged them to open an account and made them familiar with the concept and idea behind Webmaker. We face many FAQs of the visitors and it was absolute that their interest towards webmaker dissipates by learning more and more about it. They asked about, how Webmaker is different from other online content sharing platforms, how to share, who can visit their makes, to whom these are visible, will their name will be removed if someone remixes their makes and tons of other interesting questions. We were giving away Sweet Chocolates to every visitors ,pamphlet to a prominent people who visit Mozilla Kiosk, awesome Webmaker stickers, whoever downloaded the app at our kiosk or could show the app installed in their phone!

11223996_878712878887452_9137356353967938030_n12002170_878713072220766_4115706705068135461_n12002982_878712668887473_4772593268064514711_n11230778_878712718887468_9047734937067590953_nOur goal to spread the Webmaker news through Sylhet region was a success. From my experience, there were 300 people visited to our kiosk and around 100 people installed the webmaker app on that spot.

11250201_878713352220738_1060904970886526529_n12003310_878701915555215_5897617821121689354_n11218912_878702042221869_7330343787312525791_n12003291_878702172221856_7179165259373134984_n11012521_878713255554081_652418897310922794_n12009620_982381505152512_4988815023417150709_nThe event ended at 6PM. The whole volunteer team really worked hard as well as we did some recreational fun. The team was full of new Mozillians and I’m happy and honored to lead this effective team. This event was great! With events like this, we can get into the mainstream lot easier. I think we should participate these kinds of events every time we get chance!11988640_127645694251737_8833192584891997361_nFor download this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.webmaker