FreedomFest 2015 Hyderabad


Swecha is conducting a two day workshop called "FreedomFest" at SVK Gachibowli on 3rd and 4th April. There are a wide range of technologies covered and speakers from ThoughtWorks, Drupal Hyderabad, IIIT etc are coming to deliver various sessions.

Swecha invites everybody to participate in the FreedomFest

GirlsWhoHack - A Tech Workshop on the International Women's Day ( 08/03/2015 )

#GirlsWhoHack : A Tech Workshop for women and by women as a part of International Women's Day celebrations.


  Swecha in association with ThoughtWorks is conducting a one day workshop on Firefox OS App Development, Ruby Programming Language and Agile Methodologies as a  part of International Women's Day to encourage women to get into IT. Speakers from IIIT-Hyderabad, ThoughtWorks and Swecha will talk about the aforementioned technologies and will interact with participants.

 We invite all girl students, women IT professionals and others who are be interested to attend and participate in the event. Please register at

An Introductory Session on Mozilla Firefox OS at CBIT

Swecha organized a workshop on Firefox OS on 30th January 2015 at CBIT. About 100 students attended the session.


Kishan : As Firefox OS Apps are built with HTML,CSS and JavaScript, Kishan introduced HTML and CSS to students who are new and touched upon the new things in HTML5 and CSS3
Akhil : Akhil introduced the platform of Firefox OS, the tools required and the importance of this emerging new mobile operating system. He then, talked about JavaScript and the process of App Development.
In the lab session that followed, Students made some firefox os applications.

A Session on Python Programming Language at SRKR

Swecha organized a workshop on Python Programming Language for three days (24th - 26th January 2015) at SRKR College ( Bhimavaram ). About 210 students attended the workshop.


Pradeep : Pradeep started with the basics of python and introduced the constructs such as types, conditionals, strings and loops. He also explained to them the relevance and the reach of Python as a general purpose programming language
Ashraf : Ashraf covered the basics more thoroughly and introduced students to dictionaries and files
Anil : Anil went through the details of making notes application and some other apps. He also delved more into functions and introduced students to OOPS constructs like encapsulation, classes and inheritance.

Teacher Training Workshop, Ed - 2

Earlier, BalaSwecha team had conducted 2 Teacher Training Workshops (TTW, Ed1) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions where around 170 teachers took part. BalaSwecha team has worked on the feedback got from the teachers during TTW, Ed1. The team had developed and introduced 4 new applications to the Operating System along with multimedia content.
Among the teachers from the TTW, Ed 1, a few teachers took BalaSwecha enthusiastically to their schools. We conducted a workshop for them from 10th to 12th January 2015. They were trained on the new release of Balaswecha Operating System at ThoughtWorks, Hyderabad.
Towards the end of the workshop, teachers were confident in taking classes to their fellow teachers and also to the students from other Government schools. They came up with a schedule for a 5-day workshop in their districts which will be conducted in the month of February.
Also, they were ready contribute a few example content to the existing applications. The team will be working on the feedback and the requirements secured from the teachers and is looking forward to conduct a bigger workshop in summer.

Advanced Workshop on Developing Mozilla Firefox OS Apps

On 10th and 11th of January 2014, Swecha organized an Advanced training workshop on Mozilla Firefox OS Application building. About 25 students who were already trained on the prerequisites (HTML, CSS, JS) for Firefox OS Apps attended the workshop.


Rahul De (System Developer at ThoughtWorks) : Rahul started with the basics of JavaScript like DOM and constructs in it to the more advanced concepts like JS events and JSON
Ganesh Katrapati (Research Assistant at IIIT-Hyderabad) : Ganesh introduced app development in Firefox OS, starting the tools one needs to develop the apps to various kinds of API's and Storage options available for the developer for kickstarting his/her app.


Following the session on Firefox OS, students were grouped into teams of two. These teams then developed one firefox os app each. These are some of the apps that were developed.
Shashank and Santosh
Santosh and Shashank developed a Note Making app for firefox os. Using the app, one can add a note, and view all the notes present. They added visually attractive CSS3 elements to the app. They used HTML5's LocalStorage to store the notes in a persistent manner. Their app can be downloaded, used, modified and redistributed from :
Yeshwant and Akhil
Akhil and Yeshwant made a CSS3 Calculator . They describe it as
This is a basic calculator that is built using JavaScript and HTML5. The app contains an input field and various buttons for the numbers and the operations.
In addition, they also made an app which uses HTML5's GeoLocation
Hemant and Rahman
Hemant and Rahman made a City Guide Application . They describe it as
This is application is very useful for a person who is new to any town or a city. It serves as a personal guide and provides the user with pages of information which help him/her to explore the city better. They can know the city's updates too. This app also contains all the contact numbers of important services in the city like the police stations, hotels etc.
This is developed using HTML5, CSS3, Firefox simulator and WebIDE
Mani and Ashraf
Ashraf and Mani made a Dynamic Tic-Tac-Toe Game . This game introduces a whole new level of complexity by letting the user decide the grid size of the game. They used HTML5 and Advanced JavaScript for this app.
Kiran and Rajesh
Kiran and Rajesh made a Music Player . They describe it as
This app was developed using HTML5, CSS3 and JS. Player can create music files as a playlist and the app will load the music files. A cool CSS3 layout was used for the pause/play interface itself.
. Checkout the code at
Anirudh and Shiva
Anirudh and Shiva made an RSS Client for the website . They describe it as
This app provides all the updates from the site. It pulls the RSS content from the website and it reads the feed using JQuery-RSS Library. HTML5 and CSS was also used.
Sheeban and Raju
Sheeban and Raju made an RSS Client for the website . Sheeban describes it as
Gutenberg is an online portal where many efforts are going on for the encouragement of digitizing books. The project gutenberg is a place where we can freely read them or download them.
I have chosen RSS to get the latest updates and book-details from the website and made the app using the WebIDE, Firefox os simulator, HTML5, CSS3 and JS

After creating these apps, each team presented their app, explained the functionality and went through the details of building the app.
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