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Mozilla South Asia Inter-Community Meet-up 2014
Kolkata, India 25-26 January, 2014


The second Mozilla South Asia Inter-Community meet-up will take place in Kolkata, India on 25-26 January 2014, with the coordination from Mozilla India Regional community. It will bring together community leaders from the South Asia, across the [South_Asian_Association_for_Regional_Cooperation | SAARC countries], including contributor engagement & community building staffs to meet for 2 days of presentations, breakout sessions and discussions to plan the implementation of the Mozilla South Asia community road map for 2014 and ensure that the regional community is fully aligned with greater engagement efforts across the Mozilla organization.

The aim of the workshop is to enable Mozilla communities in the South Asia region to share and learn from each other's experience working on the Mozilla Project, improve collaboration in the future, and work on specific tasks. The event will be focused on strategizing & roadmap planning for each existing local communities of the South Asia.

South Asia is a unique region with diverse cultures and with a great community presence. The meet up will help nurture, plan and motivate the regional communities to collaborate, develop and grow.



The core goal of this event is to determine the near-future action planning in South Asian region. Hence, this is a leadership meetup.

It'll be mostly a round-table conference, with agendas raised & checked off; along with some BoF sessions among the main focus-group members.

Expect expectations from you. Represent your community, be proactive. Prepare to talk about your focus area, your contribution, new ideas you'd like to get a feedback on, or want to suggest changes on how something has been done in the community.

Meeting Notes & recording: TBD


  • Friday [Jan 24, 2014]:
    • after 12:00 - Checkin at the hotel/venue
    • 18:00-19:00 - MozCafe & Introduction
    • 20:00-22:00 - Welcome Dinner
  • Saturday [Jan 25, 2014]:
    • 8.00-8.45 - Breakfast
    • 9:00-10:30 - Community Introduction
      • About Community
      • Last year's activities
      • Challenges and Success Stories
    • 10:30-11:00 - Tea Break
    • 11:00-13:00 - [Gen] One Million Mozillians
    • 13:00-14:00 - Lunch
    • 14:00-15:00 - [Gen] Firefox OS Presentation
      • Marketing
      • Roadmap
    • 15:00-18:00 - Raise-a-topic (Stickynote session)
    • 20:30-22:00 - Dinner
  • Sunday [Jan 26, 2014]:
    • 8:00-8:45 - Breakfast
    • 9:00-11:00 - Topics Prioritization & Discussion on Community SWOT
    • 11:00-13:00 - [Gen] Australis Launch Prep
    • 13:00-14:00 - Lunch
    • 14:00-15:30 - [WilliamQ] Community Building & Reps
    • 15:30-16:00 - [Rosana] SuMo
    • 16:00-16:30 - Tea/Break
    • 16:30-18:00 - Event Briefing & Roadmap Planning for 2014
    • 19:00-20:00 - Breakout Sessions
    • 20:30-22:00 - Dinner
  • Monday [Jan 27, 2014]:
    • 8:00-8:45 - Breakfast
    • Till 11:00 - Checkout


Following are the attendees who'll represent their own communities:

Arrival Schedule
Country Name Date Time Flight Route
Bangladesh Mahay Alam Khan Attending Remotely
Bangladesh Mashkawat Ahsan
Bangladesh Rahid Hasan
Bangladesh Shafiul Azam Chowdhury
India Ani Peter 24 Jan 13:00 6E-523 PNQ-CCU
India Ankit Gadgil 23 Jan 13:00 6E-523 PNQ-CCU
India Galaxy Kadiyala 24 Jan 21:30 6E-378 BLR-CCU
India Gauthamraj Elango 24 Jan 14:50 9W-7020 BLR-CCU
India Sayak Sarkar Local Attendee
India Swarnava Sengupta Local Attendee
India Srijib Roy Local Attendee
India Soumya Deb 23 Jan 13:00 6E-523 PNQ-CCU
India Vineel Reddy Pindi 23 Jan 13:00 HYD-CCU
Nepal Avash Mulmi 24 Jan 16:25 AI-204 KTM-DEL-CCU
Nepal Shristi Baral 24 Jan 16:25 AI-204 KTM-DEL-CCU
Nepal Surit Aryal 24 Jan 16:25 AI-204 KTM-DEL-CCU
Pakistan Huda Sarfraz Attending Remotely
Sri Lanka Danishka Navin 24 Jan 20.40 SQ 0516 SIN-CCU
Sri Lanka Rohana Dasanayaka 24 Jan 14.55 9W 0623 CMB-BOM-CCU
Sri Lanka Malinda Prasad 24 Jan 14.55 9W 0623 CMB-BOM-CCU
Japan Gen Kanai 23 Jan 23:15 CX-6784 NRT-HKG-CCU
France William Quiviger 25 Jan 5:40 S2-2484 CDG-BOM-CCU
Germany Rosana Ardila 25 Jan 5:40 S2-2484 YYY-ZZZ-123



Will be continuously updated, please check back every once in a while:

Venue & Accommodation

The Gateway Hotel, EM Bypass
1930, Rajdanga Main Road
Kolkata 700 107, India
Tel: +91 33 66660000
Fax: +91 33 66660100

Twin sharing hotel rooms are booked for 3 nights from 24-27 January (mid-day to mid-day).

Breakfast is open from 7.30 to 11 a.m.
The check in starts at 1pm, check out is before 11am. Reception is open 24/7.
If you arrive sooner or leave later, you can put your luggage in the hotel's cloaking room.

Travel & Transport


  • After landing, please follow the signs and head towards the immigration
  • After clearing the customs, collect your baggage & walk out of Airport
  • Someone would in Mozilla/Firefox T-Shirt to greet you outside of gate
  • If you can't spot anyone, try to go online & ping the local folks
    • Look for a WiFi hotspot named Mozilla
    • Password would be @mozilla
  • If you can't go online, then try to call Deb (+91 738 770 5588)
  • If all fails, then take the Bus #V1 & drop at Ruby Hospital
    • V1 leaves from just next to the exit gate
    • Frequency is around every 20min
    • The fare is Rs. 40, please collect the tickets
    • Remember to drop at Ruby Bus Stand & the hotel is next to it
  • Alternatively, you can get a cab from the airport to "Ruby Hospital"
    • Cabs are highly unlikely to run on meter fare
    • Mostly would ask for a fixed fare (~300-500 INR)
  • Once in front of Ruby Hospital, cross the street
  • Go to the stem of the T junction - The Gateway Hotel is just there.

It can be life-saver to have the map cached on your device.

Getting Around

  • The landmark for the venue is "Ruby Hospital", "East Kolkata Township"
  • If ever confused, the venue is just beside the southern part of EM Bypass
  • There should be available bus services to and from the location, as well as cabs
  • To visit the South Kolkata, best is to take a westward Bus to "Gariahat Crossing"
  • The nearest Metro stations are Kavi Subhash, New Garia or Shahid Khudiram, Garia
  • With Metro, you can go to Esplanade for Downtown Kolkata, or upto Dumdum for North Kolkata
  • Alternatively, you can take a bus to Ballygunge station & then take local-train to Sealdah Station


All participants will enjoy Bengali, as well as continental foods throughout the event.
The following meals will be organized and paid for by Mozilla:

  • Friday [24 Jan]: Dinner
  • Saturday [25 Jan]: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Sunday [26 Jan]: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Monday [27 Jan]: Breakfast



Tropical warm-winter, almost no chance of precipitation.
More information:

Need to Know

[Coming Soon]


Contact Persons

Event Pilot: Soumya Deb <>
Coordinator: Priyanka Nag <>
Co-planners: Vineel Reddi Pindi <> and Mahay Alam Khan <>
Supervisors: Gen Kanai <> and William Quiviger <>

Social Media

  • IRC: #saarc
  • Hashtag: #SAMeet


Country Code: +91 Kolkata Area code: 033 [i.e. please append +91 33 to all mobile/landline numbers, if not mentioned]

Getting a temporary SIM card should be easy:

  • Please carry an ID (and photocopies) with your permanent address
  • Please carry a couple of recent passport sized photographs
  • Connection is activated within a couple of hours (0-4hrs)
  • Mostly regular SIMs are available; should work with Keon
  • Nearly all provide good temporary data-plans
    • Go with Airtel or Vodafone, for best data-plans & coverage

Tips & Trivia

When in Kolkata, don't forget to:

  • Try Fuchkas – The Kolkata version of the street food gol gappa available all over India, fuckas are much tangier spicier and out of this world!!
  • Shopping at Gariahat – Gariahat is the shopping hub of south Kolkata. It is a shopaholic’s paradise, being the retail hub of Saris (from West Bengal and all over India), cosmetics, electronics, etc.

Warnings and Dangers:

  • Drink bottled water
    • Check to confirm seal has not been broken.
    • Do NOT drink tap water or any water served in a restaurant in a glass
    • Bring stomach medications from home that you know work, just in case.
  • Ignore/avoid Beggars
    • Kolkata is mostly full of them
    • They are attracted to the foreigners
    • DO NOT give money to one - the entire flock will chase you
  • The traffic in Kolkata is chaotic.
    • There are no "zipper-method" when two cars want to drive at the same time.
    • Expect maddening amount of car-honks at first (then you'll get used to it)
    • Look both sides of the road (even on one ways) while crossing
    • Sharpen your senses & blend in to the chaos - have fun

Places of Interest:

Sponsorship policy

Mozilla will cover all accommodation, food and travel expenses during the contributor event. This includes hotel expenses from 25-26, breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus Welcome dinner on 24th & Goodbye breakfast on 27th). You're on your own for extended stay. Please notify the travel agent to have your flights booked accordingly with your preferred date.


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