While wrapping up with RainOfRust campaigns I was working on reports and gathering feedbacks from the community about our recent initiative and we got an overwhelmed responses from the all around. The participation with IEEE R10 Sectional Leadership Summit was one of the feedback of our recent work for the community.

Here IEEE Gujarat Section and IEEE GCET Student Branch invited me to join at IEEE R10 Sectional Leadership Summit which was organized on 3rd & 4th August at G H Patel College of Engineering & Technology, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.

I was very excited and I accepted their invitation as this was the 1st time Mozilla’s presence at IEEE summit.

About the summit:

The Leadership Summit aims to convene student members of the IEEE to enable them to discuss the growth and development of IEEE student activities in societies, not only within the Section but also in Region 10 (Asia- Pacific) as a whole.

The theme of the summit was Innovation and Empowerment.

The students will be from all levels of UG and PG programs will be benefitting from the summit. The given theme will encourage and motivate the students on how can they have a way to innovation. There will be discussions and parallel sessions, conducted by Industrialists and professionals, which will focus on the recent trends and upcoming technologies.

This event has definitely uplifted the Section as a whole and created a benchmark for other events taking place across India as well

This was my first visit to this City and university so I was really excited to talk with participants and experts who came to attend this summit.

My session was second last and here I started addressing the audience by sharing about Mozilla and its mission before I moved on to my actual talk i.e. Open Innovation.

Here we have discussed How open is it for everyone? Many students shared their thoughts during the talk and it was great to hear their thoughts.

“Open” means that anyone can publish or invent online without asking for permission, and that the technologies used to run the Web are transparent and understandable.

Then after I have talked about the Open Innovation Toolkit, The Open Innovation Toolkit is a community sourced set of best practices and principles to help you incorporate human-centered design into your product development process. Whether you have a new idea or a working prototype to test, the Open Innovation Toolkit can help.

Mozilla Innovation team have designed best 3 methods,

  1. Gather Insights
  2. Ideate
  3. Prototype& Test

More details, click here.

Due to limited time, I go ahead with “Ideate” method to discuss more by running 2 activities among participants.

1st Activity :

5 “Whys”

Purpose of this activity to get to the root cause of the problem with the goal of thinking differently and as a result you will analyse the root cause which is great at making sure you are solving the right problem at first.

2nd Activity :

Mind map

A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain.

This activity helps when you are facing complex problem. They are organic in their structure and allows us to, via a visual representation, explain how a system or concept is complement each other.

Just to understand better we have run this activity with all the participants present there, I have already informed organizing team to put some bank papers and pen to participants kit.

I have explained to them how this works and what they need to follow to be part of this activity: so here are the steps :

  1. Start in the center of your page with the subject you want to mind map around. For example “Security”

2. Break down the main concept into the areas it relates to. Like “Cyber Security”, “tracking”, gadgets”, “tools”, “threats” “precautions” etc.

3. Further, continue branching those streams out and thinking about what is related until your entire paper is filled out.

4. The end result should be having complete overview of the branches of ideas or concepts that came from your starting point.

At the end of this activity, some students shared an overview of the branches of their ideas and that was an amazing experience.

Thanks, IEEE Team for this memento.

Reps link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozconnect-with-ieee-r10-sectional-leadership-summit/

Presentation link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VH9dwWivvv3VtluOySk1hK7G9f6gC-Z93n3xeAwx_fs/edit?usp=sharing

Google Drive (Photos) link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3XrTbfRbskSaW1wemlPRlhsV1U?usp=sharing

What Next?

  • I am looking for more such collaboration with such organizations to spread the Mozilla mission.
  • Helping them to start Campus Club in their university.
  • Next series of Rust talk at G H Patel College of Engineering & Technology with IEEE GCET Computer Society

Hope you enjoyed my blog! 🙂


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