I’m so very excited to share my experience on the mini-hackathon style programme that I and Naresh had managed to conduct at Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, Chennai. The event scale was pretty small – a college symposium that had called for app developers and enthusiasts around Chennai to participate, hack on something that they found entertaining. There was no restriction as such on what they need to work on. Rules were like, “You either make a Firefox add-on, else try to create a Firefox OS mobile app or forget everything…! If you come up with ‘something-Mozilla-development’, we’re as much pleased to support you in your initiative. So please, come hack, share and teach us!” (Listen! This wasn’t the official statement that they had put out on their website. Just for your understanding sake. Well, obvious! Of course they wouldn’t put it up. Isn’t it? :-P)
We didn’t do mass campaigning and promotions for it. We had sent out an email though, via Community India mailing list. Surprisingly enough, there was this guy Keshav, who had come to the event via mailing list referral. I had never seen such a thing happen before and for the first time, I was happy that people are starting to take mailing lists seriously.