My apology against the happenings of last weekend

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 10:20 PM
It always feels good to be appreciated and bad to be criticized. Most of the time I am able to deal well with the appreciation but get very defensive about the criticism.

I like to be addressed as a newbie in the Open Source world...cause there are still many things I need to learn (for sure)...many things I need to understand.
I make mistakes, I know I do....but all I expect is, my mistakes should not be associated with the organizations I represent!

Last week, during one of my talks at the FSMK Summer camp in Bangalore, one of my statement probably came out wrong.The way I wanted to present it was probably not the way the audience had perceived it. It kind of went out of hand later on Twitter.

I am making this blog post to apologize for the mistakes of last week with full faith that the matter will be resolved and closed right here and no grievances of the incident will be held further.

For the all the curious minds, this post is in reference to this tweet thread:


Mozilla and WeTech Women's Maker Party, Delhi

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 7:51 AM in , , , ,
Well, I love the name Larissa came up with for today's event. It is kind of a little long but defines the event best - "Mozilla and WeTech Woman’s Maker Party".

We had landed in Delhi on the 22nd of July 2014 and as Larissa defines it, Delhi was indeed a 'steam sauna'. We did spend most of that day going around and visiting a few famous places like the Red Fort, the India Gate, Parliament house etc. In the evening, we did meet the local Mozillians in Delhi. Well, it was an informal meeting of all Mozillians, talking all 'sh!t mozillians say' ;)

23rd morning began with all excitement. It was a small crowd, but a really awesome crowd in that conference room. Right from the introduction session, we could feel the high intellectual capabilities these young ladies were filled with. After a small game of spectrogram, we immediately moved to introduce Mozilla as an organization as well as all the Mozilla projects. To my surprise, most of the participants already knew about Open Source and had a fair idea about Mozilla. To my greater surprise, all of our participants had used Firefox at some point of time (even if it was not their default/regular browser). It was thus easy to introduce the different Mozilla projects and contribution pathways to them.

Serious hacking in progress...
The confidence these dynamic ladies did showcase was beyond appreciation.
One thing each person in the room agreed to was - "being a woman in technology is indeed tough". But these girls were ready to face the tough world and fight it out for themselves!

Post lunch, we got to some webmaking. So much hacking, so much remixing...it was tough to believe that many of these people were "not from a technical background".
Some of the awesome makes can be found listed on this spreadsheet.

Well, it goes beyond saying that these superstarts definitely deserved some awards for their awesomeness and thus, we did give them some webmaker badges.

Very few events have given me the happiness of being able to convert almost all participants into Mozillians and this was one of those rare ones.

The awesome woman Webmakers of Delhi :)


Embedding a Google Form in Wordpress

The process of embedding a Google form on your Wordpress blog post is pretty simple. Rather, this same process can be used to embed a Google form on a Blogger post or any other webpage.

  • Once you are done creating the Google form, when you click on the 'Send form' button, you will see a Embed button on the modal window.

On the share window, you get the option to embed the form

  • On clicking the Embed button, you will get an html iframe code which can be copied and pasted on any webpage.

The iframe code to embed the form

If you are trying to embed the form on your webpage, all you need to do is copy the html iframe code and paste it in the <body> section of your html.

If you are trying to embed the form in your wordpress or blogger site, while creating the post, switch to the "HTML" version and put this iframe code in the appropriate position wherever you want to embed it in your post.

Once the code is put in place, you will get the google form embeded inside your webpage, be it Wordpress, blogger or simple html.


My story featured on Yourstory

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 10:30 AM in ,
Before your big launch, facing a few new bugs and needing to fix them in utmost urgency is something I guess every developer at a startup needs to undergo. I would rather say, these adrenaline rush makes our work life more exciting. We had a similar firefighting night at Scrollback yesterday and thus, by the time I reached home, it was 8.30am. My system (by that I mean my brain) was probably over heated already and thus I crashed as soon as I did hit the bed.

When I woke up at around 4pm, my phone showed a few too many notifications. There were innumerable congratulation messages and I was still wondering over them till I saw Aditya's post on my Facebook timeline.

I had met Aditya on a Sunday evening over a cup of coffee. Well, we had met for an interview (where I had expected Aditya to be someone like a professional interviewer, expecting me to answer all his questions), but the so called interview didn't feel anything as I had thought it to be like. It felt more like meeting a friend over a cup of coffee. We had a long (almost 3 hour) chat and during the entire conversation, it wasn't anything like Aditya asking me questions and me answering. For all the different topics he wanted me to talk about, he told me his side of the story as well....which made it all informal and friendly. Given a chance, I could also probably write a small article about him (ofcourse I don't have the technical skills like him to do that, but I have a few facts for sure).

The impact of this one article was huge indeed. In less than12 hours, I have received some 10+ emails different people....some asking me to talk at their event, some asking me to help them with their startup settings, some simply congratulating me and some even saying how their life story had been very similar to mine.

One honest confession - I feel a little embarrassed to read the article myself. It like too much nice things being said all together at the same time! Well, either I suffer from imposter syndrome or Aditya was a bit too humble to bring out such a good image of mine :P

One more person, I shouldn't forget to credit is Santosh. Well, it was he who kind of thought all my work was worth being covered in TechieTuesday and got me connected to Aditya.

Link to the Yourstory article : http://yourstory.com/2014/07/priyanka-nag-techie-tuesdays/

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