Webextensions @ RHOK, Delhi

Recently I was invited by RHOK (Random Hack Of Kindness) team to give a session on webextensions and mentor teams for Javascript and webextensions. The event was held at 91 Springboard, an awesome coworking space in gurugram.

It was an overnight hackathon to build something for social cause, any hack that can help the society or solve any existing challenge that society by technology.

Women who code

The event started with short technology sessions few speakers including me gave sessions. My session was two part(first part was supposed to be delivered by Faye but she couldn’t make it due to ill health).

The first part (slides)was more of introduction to Mozilla, I gave attendees an insight about Mozilla mission and current projects Mozilla is aiming at (Webextensions, webVR, webCompat, Rust) and also briefed them about Campus clubs.

The second part covered a details of webExtension(slides), I briefed them about why we moved fro SDK to webextensions, the idea of portability of browser extensions. The use of JS/CSS/HTML to build the new browser extensions. Also demoed few extensions by me (Board, todo, facebook blocker).

RHOK delhi

After the lunch the hackathon started, the attendees were not in mood of wasting a single moment and jumped immediately to work. Later I took chances to know what people were building, following were some amazing projects:

  • Browser extension to track about weather information- (here)
  • Trash Can Alarm – (iot setup to send notification when trash can is full)
  • Book Talky – webapp to maintain digital library
  • Golden Blyth – parking problem solver

Its really feels good to be a part of hackathon and mentor people to build something really cool and that solves a purpose.

I would like to thanks Nidhiya and RHOK team who organized this event in best possible way :)

PS: I was successfully able to teach a volunteer to push code to addons-frontend repo and she actually managed to resolve a bug in the hackathon :)  <https://github.com/mozilla/addons-frontend/pull/2808>

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