Using Thimble with Limited Internet Connectivity

Hannah Kane

Are you among the more than 100,000 people who have used Thimble since we re-launched it at the end of August? If not, we hope you’ll check it out! It has a lot of great new features that we think you and your learners will love. We’ve seen a fantastic diversity of user projects on subjects like Henrietta Lacks, Ada Lovelace, and trends in Brooklyn.

Did you know that in the new Thimble, you can create entire websites inside one project? Moreover, you can export projects with any number of pages and files (including images) as a .zip and run the project from your machine in spaces with limited or no internet connectivity.

If you work as an advocate, educator, or organizer, this means that you can create and share an entire kit or unit through Thimble for others to remix and localize online or off. This also means that you can drag and drop files back and forth between your Thimble project and a GitHub repo to make your work accessible to users on Thimble who may not be ready to fork or make a pull request. You can see an example of a web literacy training workshop built like this inside Thimble here.

We also landed a patch that prevents Thimble from crashing on networks with slower network connections. And we added resumeable file syncing with the server. This means if your network goes down, Thimble will do the right thing when it comes back again.

Finally, we’re working on some optimizations to make sure this never happens again:

We got Thimble up and running again pretty quickly:

But we want to make sure we don’t leave any learners Thimble-less, even for a short while. We wouldn’t want to miss out on things like this:

Or this:

Or this:

Altogether, these recent changes mean Thimble is better than ever, especially for learners in spaces with limited or no connectivity.

Are there new features you’d like to see in Thimble? Feel free to tweet at us @MozTeach, or just file a ticket in our Github repo.

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Drawing Inspiration from MozFest 2015

Chad Sansing
An image of a speaker on the main stage at MozFest 2015.

Image credit Julia Vallera

This year I attended my third MozFest – my first as a Mozilla Foundation employee. Working as a pathway leader in the Mozilla Learning Networks (MLN) space helped me focus on helping others. In years past, I hosted conversations and hacked on a giant scrum board. I steered my own magic carpet-ride of learning. However, this year I organized supplies, supported facilitators and promoted their sessions, and talked curriculum with anyone who’d listen. This all felt like the right job at the right time. During set up, between sessions, and at the end of it all, I was never so happy to move tables and chairs as I was at Ravensbourne. I think Mozilla is especially good at engineering this kind of serendipity between what you’re ready to give and what needs to be done whether you call communities to action, push furniture, or ship code (not that those things are mutually exclusive).

Hera Hussain explains it best in this post about her journey to MozFest 2015.

Regarding curriculum, I left MozFest inspired by people from around the world. We talked about:

I left inspired by the sessions and work that happened all over the festival. I am proud of my colleagues’ work to organize MozFest and thankful for the participation of every facilitator, partner organization, and attendee.

In looking ahead to the rest of the year and Q1 of 2016, I want to build on the MozFest momentum in developing:

  • A community ‘call’ inspired by Ricardo Vasquez’s YouTube series, ‘The Hour of Design’, that invites allies and partners to prototype thematically-linked activities that teach with the Web.
  • Curriculum that includes more webby media and that really takes advantage of the web’s storytelling affordances to immerse learners in our materials.
  • Game-like data frameworks designed for learners that help users self-assess and goal-set as they would in a MOBA or RPG.
  • Improved processes and supports for curriculum testing and localization.
  • Printer-friendly stylesheets that complement emergent curriculum templates so that materials can easily make their way offline when people need them to be lo-fi or no-fi.

Those are the big pictures I want to help achieve by working alongside wonderful colleagues and community members leading the way to an open web.

MozFest gives us an opportunity each year to say thank you for believing in us; we believe in you. It’s also our opportunity to reaffirm our belief in community. Behind, within, and surrounding the Open Web is a world of people who deserve nothing less. Helping those people shape the Web is a privilege, and I’m thankful for it.

PS – We are all local to MozFest! If you’d like to help keep the MozFest spirit going, you can help us test and localize curriculum year-round. Please let us know if you have questions or work to share!

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MozFest 2015: Connecting Leaders and Rallying Communities for the Open Web


This past weekend, the sixth-annual MozFest — Mozilla’s celebration of the open Web — convened hackers, teachers and organizers from across the globe to address some of the most pressing issues facing the Web today. Together, we explored how we can act as leaders in the tech, policy and social spheres to create a better Web for everyone.

Participants from diverse fields like journalism, education, science, advocacy, hardware and the internet of things worked in collaborative, self-organized sessions to shape the future of the Web. With 1,700 attendees from almost every corner of the Earth in attendance, 300 volunteer-hosted sessions and 50 learning pathways, the weekend was a joyful, thought-provoking celebration — and a reminder that all of us have the ability to mobilize others and fuel the movement for the open Web.


Kicking off with a science fair and ending with a demo party showcasing the creations that were collaboratively hacked, the weekend was a tremendous, cacophonous celebration of inventing, building and forging bonds with new allies from around the world. View photos of the weekend here.

Participant-proposed sessions allowed us to dig into the issues that are most important to the open web community. In the Digital Citizenship Space, participants explored the state of online privacy, surveillance and digital rights — and hacked on building a more secure Web. Mozilla Senior Policy Manager Raegan MacDonald outlined current threats to a secure Web, like the UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill, which collects, analyzes and stores users’ data.


MacDonald also touched on bright spots: the makers, thinkers and engineers dedicating time and energy to solutions. “In my ideal world, privacy and security are the default setting,” MacDonald said.

Throughout MozFest, youth learners and leaders showed off their projects. George, a 12-year-old from Kent, England, constructed “The Gauntlet” — an interactive race course powered by Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, Bluetooth, motion sensors and Python. George taught coding and electronics basics to more than 100 fellow kids over the weekend. Next door, eight-year-old Otis showed off his latest Unity creation: a virtual reality flight simulator game.

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Nearby, participants took on topics like open hardware and the internet of things. The team at Wevolver displayed an open-source robotics project that will help sick children remotely visit the London Zoo. Youngsters will be able to put on a virtual reality headset and experience the zoo through a robot’s eyes, interacting with animals and exhibits.


“We want to show people that the open hardware movement exists,” said Wevolver’s Bram Geenen. “What happened in software can happen in hardware.”

Down the hall, participants discussed an internet of things Design Manifesto, which seeks to inspire engineers to create devices that are secure, private and useful.

So, what comes next? How do we carry the momentum from MozFest into endeavors that are productive, creative and built using the open ethos that is so integral to the Web? At Mozilla, we’ll supercharge what we’ve done over the past few days — and learned over the past few years — by building more communities and events around the globe. We’ll introduce more opportunities to cultivate leaders. And we’ll allow everyone, from young leaders to executives, to further fuel the movement.


What about you? The ideas generated at MozFest 2015 demonstrate that together, we’re a formidable force, and we’re only getting stronger. The solutions to pressing issues related to privacy and surveillance, digital inclusion, the internet of things and more are within our grasp. Let’s keep making noise, and rally more people around these causes. This is how we defend the Web. Join us.

Blog post from David Bryant, VP of Platform Engineering and Interim CTO:
MozFest 2015 Demo Garage: Showing What’s Possible with the Open Web

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The Sixth-Annual MozFest Starts Tomorrow


This Friday marks the start of our sixth-annual Mozilla Festival, better known as MozFest. Each year, community members from around the globe gather in London to build, teach and learn about the Web, and create an Internet that’s more open and accessible. MozFest runs from Nov. 6 – 8, and will host hundreds of Mozillians from dozens of countries.

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MozFest’s theme

This year, MozFest’s theme is leadership and advocacy: how we can empower others to mobilize their communities and make a positive impact on the Web. Leaders aren’t preordained; they’re simply Web users who leverage their skills — teaching, hacking, advocating — to improve web literacy, preserve net neutrality, and more. MozFest participants should seek to share their expertise with others, learn often, and bring the festival’s open and collaborative ethos back to their communities.

How to participate

The heart of MozFest are its sessions, interactive workshops that touch on everything from the Internet of Things and open hardware to net neutrality and 3D printing. Sessions are held Saturday and Sunday.

Sessions are parsed into Spaces, physical hubs dedicated to specific topics. There are eight Spaces at this year’s MozFest: Journalism, Science, Digital Citizenship, Mozilla Learning Networks, Global Village, Participation and Youth Zone. We’ll explore the way these topics intersect with the Web — like how we can create an Internet for all languages; how open journalism makes for a more informed audience; how communities form online; and more. You can learn more about these Spaces, and the Mozillians running them, here.

This year’s festival also includes Pathways, or series of sessions that thread through multiple spaces. Pathways are built around a specific theme and seek to teach a set of skills, like online learning and storytelling. You can learn more about Pathways here.

Saturday and Sunday will also feature lightening talks, conversations and fireside chats. Lightning talks and keynotes are scheduled for Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the main stage.

Conversations are 30-minute discussions between Mozillians and journalists from, our media partner. Conversations topics include “Leading in the Open,” “The Inclusive Web,” and “Networked Learning and Advocacy.” These segments are scheduled for Saturday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the main stage.

Fireside chats are casual conversations between two Mozillians, carried out in front of an audience. Chat topics include “The Mobile Web” and “The Web Ahead,” and are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Other MozFest happenings include the Friday evening Science Fair and Sunday evening demo party. For those joining us in spirit, but unable to visit London, learn more about remote participation here.

For a more detailed schedule, visit

How to share your experiences

We encourage participants to share their experiences and photos. If you’re tweeting about the festival, be sure to use the hashtag #MozFest — and be sure to follow @Mozilla for regular updates.

MozFest also has its own publication on Check in regularly to read what others are up to. To add your blog to the publication, create a Medium account, pen your blog, and tag it “MozFest.”

Learn more

For more information about MozFest, visit Questions? Tweet us with the hashtag #MozHelp.

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Came for Pizza, Stayed to Make Change

Chris Bohl

Christopher Bohl is a web developer and recent graduate of Dev Bootcamp Chicago. He is a founding contributor to RideW/Me, an open-source project co-created with Mozilla Hive Chicago that makes it easy for high school students to find educational opportunities and reach them safely with their friends.

It was probably just the promise of free pizza that made me trek over to the Merchandise Mart for Chi Hack Night after another challenging day at Dev Bootcamp. After listening to a talk on civic hacking and open-source data, I wound up in the transportation breakout group listening to people pitch a variety of ideas for projects… we could visualize bus statistics, create reviews for L train rides, or map parking meter costs. There were lots of interesting ideas. But one pitch got me excited in particular, and that was RideW/Me, or what was then still Wagglers, an idea that emerged from Hive Chicago’s community of educators.

One comment really tugged at my heart strings. “I know kids from Chicago’s Southside that have never seen the lake,” one former teacher in the group said. I learned about fantastic after-school programs that struggled to secure enough students to fill their learning experiences. We brainstormed how we could help students become aware of the opportunities around them and we discussed how to get them to those program locations safely.

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Jeffrey Subbarao, Chris Bhol, and Tim Choh translate early storyboards into code during an apps challenge.

Two weeks later, I was up at 4am, the screen of my laptop illuminating my exhausted face. Tim Choh, a rising sophomore at UIC majoring in Computer Science, pulled together a RideW/Me prototype with me for the CNT Urban Apps Competition. Jeffrey Subaru, a rising Physics junior at Case Western assembled our database seeds from program data provided by the Chicago Park District, and later proved to be an asset working with the Google Maps API. Marina Malone, a Chicago Public School student was designing our storyboards. After a brief sleep, we awoke and pitched our project to a panel of local technology and business leaders with Robert Friedman from Hive Chicago.

After another few weeks, I was co-leading the RideW/Me breakout group at Chi Hack Night. I was working alongside developers, educators, concerned citizens, and young learners. I was explaining the mission of RideW/Me to a room filled with a dozen young amateur programmers and helping them setup their environments. It had been barely 8 weeks since I even learned how to do that for myself. In the room was Kevin Yaroch, a network administrator for an ISP, with little experience with Ruby on Rails, but who would later prove to be a natural at back-end programming and a major contributor.

Collaborating at Chi Hack Night

Chris Bohl, Uchenna, Paul Caimi and David Bild discuss service provider views at Chi Hack Night.

A few weeks after that, I visited BLUE1647 in Pilsen for a mini RideW/Me hackathon/sprint to complete a user-ready release for testing. A week later, I visited the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire at the Ford City Mall to help get young people excited about the possibilities with apps like RideW/Me, user test the app with them, and take diligent notes on their feedback for further development.

When I finished the intense experience of Dev Bootcamp, I faced the new and intense challenge of finding a job. My days went from 12 hours of coding surrounded by others to a dedicated job search with many of my hours wide open. This process typically takes several months for students of coding boot camps. This was not an easy adjustment, but RideW/Me allowed me to keep up with coding and keep advancing my skills as a software developer.  While many students fill up these hours with online tutorials, I was able to to work with a team on a tangible product and share what I was learning with others.

I never expected when I first went to Chi Hack Night that I would soon be pitching an idea to people I had never met before in the Southside of Chicago. I didn’t know I would find myself embedded in Hive Chicago’s city-wide network of educators, makers and youth as a volunteer leader. I did not expect that I would soon be the most experienced Rails developer in a room and managing the development of a sizeable application. But RideW/Me provided these opportunities.

Volunteer Developers collaborating at Chi Hack Night

The RideW/Me volunteer developer team collaborating at Chi Hack Night.

Groups like Chi Hack Night, the Hive Chicago, and RideW/Me all share three things that many recent coding bootcamp graduates would love:

  1. A healthy amount of idealism
  2. An opportunity to expand on web development skills
  3. A chance to develop communication and leadership skills

Fortunately, there is already some cross-over between coding bootcamps and these organizations. For example, Dev Bootcamp already sponsors Chi Hack Night by providing pizza every few weeks. But I think more students could benefit from getting involved with these organizations upon graduation. And I hope they do, because projects like RideW/Me could use them, too.

For more about the the co-development of the RideW/Me app, check out high school student contributor, Marina Malone’s story: How I Got Onboard With RideW/Me.

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Help Us Get Local with Web Literacy

Lainie Decoursy

Starting today, we’re kicking off an effort to localize our Web Literacy Basics I curriculum and we need your help!


There’s increasing interest in starting Mozilla Clubs and teaching web literacy skills in communities around the globe, but our current curricular modules are only available in English. We know this a blocker for many and we are committed to finding and building easier ways for people to join in and help us translate this content into their local language.

We’re starting with Web Literacy Basics I, a great beginner module that includes six activities focused on teaching the basics of reading, writing and participating on the Web. Our hope is have this module translated into at least five other languages by the end of 2015! Our top priorities are Portuguese, Spanish, Bengali, and Arabic based on interest to start Mozilla Clubs in those regions, however we welcome other translations as well.

Mozilla Club Rio photo

Mozilla Club Rio, photo credit: Andre Garzia

Localizing curriculum is more than just translating the language–in some cases there is also a need to adapt content for cultural context. To truly engage people in the learning process, curriculum should have relevance to local conditions and environments. While much of our current content has been tested and piloted in different learning contexts–from classrooms and libraries to afterschool clubs and community gatherings–our hope is to be able to offer truly localized curriculum that meets learners where they are. To that end, we’re looking for volunteers who have experience with translation as well as with mentoring and teaching others.

Currently, this content lives in HTML files, however we’ve created a simple way to translate Web Literacy Basics I using markdown. It utilizes GitHub Issues, but don’t fear! The process is easy even for first-time GitHub users, and it’s a great way to get your feet wet with this popular, Web-based code- and project-management service. Ultimately all translated activities will end up looking official like this  and be added to

How-to translate Web Literacy Basics I

  1. Visit the “Source Code” link for each activity below – there are two files to translate for each activity
  2. Click the “activity data” folder, then the “content” folder, to access the and files inside
  3. Use your favorite text editor to translate the content
  4. Create a new issue in the desired repository with a title such as: Localization of into Portuguese
  5. Paste in your translated content
  6. Repeat the same process and create a new issue for the translation of file as well
  7. Then we’ll handle the rest! We’ll do a quick review, and if all looks good, will get it posted to where it will ultimately look like this
  8. As a token of our appreciation, the first 20 volunteers to successfully translate curriculum will receive a free Mozilla T-shirt from our gear store!

Activity links

For more experienced GitHub users, you can find a separate set of instructions in the readme files for each activity repository above.

This effort kicks-off today, and we encourage anyone to participate, so please help us spread the word! We’ll also be sprinting on this live with a small group at MozFest next week, and will keep up the momentum throughout November and December.

You can feel free to ask any questions, or share feedback or requests for assistance in our Discourse forum.

Thanks in advance for helping us bring important web literacy skills to more communities in more countries around the world. We are incredibly appreciative of your contributions!

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Mozilla Club Captain Report

Kristina Gorr

As part of Mozilla’s mission to #teachtheweb, we’ve put a lot of effort into cultivating  and growing the Mozilla Clubs program across the globe, which includes helping develop local volunteer Club Captains (and Regional Coordinators) to lead the charge.

It’s been encouraging to see the response and interest in starting a Mozilla Club – there have been over 300 applications! We’ve been reviewing and assessing the motivations and needs of Club Captain applicants via an email-based interview process, and the responses have provided rich details and data for us to learn from as we continue to hone the program design and value of Mozilla Clubs.

Mozilla Club MapsHere is a glimpse of what we’ve learned:

  • There are currently 121 active Mozilla Clubs.
  • Over 90 cities in 22 countries are represented, with India leading the charge at 37 clubs!
  • 6 Club Captains are Classroom Teachers
  • 6 Club Captains are College Students
  • 10 Club Captains are Software Developers/Engineers
  • 17 Clubs have University ties
  • 15 Clubs have ties with elementary or high schools
  • The majority of applicants express interest in web literacy due to family, friends, or students who are lacking the information and resources to utilize the web to its full potential, with the plan to expand the club to the community

Our Club Captains have provided great insight into what they are doing or hope to be doing in the community. Here are a few snapshots of our interviews:

“In 2014, we started an NGO called Girls Go Coding to attract girls and adult women to coding, technology and STEM. In our events, we already use Mozilla technologies (mostly Thimble and Appmaker) and we feel that a Mozilla Club will bring us better visibility and access to other local teams.”                   

– Kostas Karpouzis, Athens, Greece

“I want to host a Mozilla Club to provide structured experiences and interactions with the internet for students. I want students to become digital citizens and contribute to the web in a safe manner.”   

– Blake Henely, Austin, Minnesota, US

“Everything needs a platform (Suppose you are riding a Porsche at a place where there is no proper road, will you reach your destination miles away?? …you might reach [your destination] but with dents on your car & consuming more time). So, basically I believe Mozilla is the kind of platform which we require to reach our destination without dents or any delay.”

– Nikhil Sharma, Karnal, Haryana, India

“My relationship with the web is very close. I have always believed that web literacy is everyone’s right. It’s not the first time that I am caring about web literacy. I have been spreading the word about it through small info-sessions that I mostly do in under-developed schools of India.”

– Vnisha Srivastav, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

We’re pleased with our progress with the Mozilla Clubs initiative and excited to continue to grow the program over the next year (and beyond!). We have very specific goals and accomplishments in mind:

  • Adjust and perfect our sign-up process, and communication to our Captains for information and resources available.
  • Continue to improve upon leadership development of our Club Captains and Regional Coordinators.
  • Develop more  Club guides to provide direction and resources for clubs.
  • Strengthen the relationships between the Club Captains and their Regional Coordinators.
  • Improve the localization of our curriculum. By the end of the year, we aim to have the Web Literacy Basics module translated into 5+ languages.
  • Document the great stories that are coming out of our communities!

To learn more about Mozilla Clubs, to find a club near you, or to apply to be a Club Captain, visit us at

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Bringing Web Literacy and Open Source to Libraries

An-Me Chung

Mozilla believes everyone should have access to web literacy education, and the opportunity to learn critical 21st Century skills. We also believe in open source principles: free and accessible knowledge and technology that empower individuals and catalyze learning.

It’s little surprise, then, that Mozilla holds public libraries in high esteem. They’re hubs of digital inclusion, capable of bringing people online and sparking meaningful opportunity. With libraries increasingly acting as portals to the Web, it’s critical they’re equipped with the proper tools and know-how.

Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative —  supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) — to further empower public libraries as digital learning hubs. As part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Mozilla and the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School will launch and pilot an open source web literacy curriculum and credentials at five libraries throughout the U.S.

weblitMozilla’s web literacy curriculum in action

Supported by a $808K grant from the IMLS, the program will provide training, tools and credentials to library staff, enabling them to better teach digital skills to patrons. The program will focus on five public library systems representing geographic, demographic and experiential diversity, with an emphasis on underserved communities. In addition to these five library systems, one school of library information studies will also be included in the project.

Our project is slated to begin October 2015. The first phase will consist of deep research on what types of resources can best empower librarians. Our second phase — beginning June 2016 — will identify the six institutions at which we’ll pilot the program. The third and final phase, implementation, will begin on December 2016.

Mozilla has a long history of working alongside libraries to unlock opportunity online, whether through our Hive Networks or free educational activities. With this project, we’re excited to take another step forward and further empower educators and libraries across the country.

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Community spotlight: taking learning on the road

Amira Dhalla

File this under the ways our community inspires us. Hive Toronto member, Ladies Learning Code, has launched an initiative to take learning on the road with their new code:mobile. It’s Canada’s first coding lab on wheels! The most exciting part of a roaming code truck is that it will be able to visit areas and places that otherwise might not have access to resources or knowledge.

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And they aren’t stopping there. This fall, Ladies Learning Code launched a crowdfunding campaign asking their supporters to help send code:mobile across Canada where they promise to bring hands-on, interactive technology education to an estimated 10,000 kids from May to September 2016, traveling approximately 35,000km coast to coast. Ladies Learning Code believes that computer programming and other technical skills are a tool of empowerment, and it is their mission to ensure that all Canadians – particularly women and youth – have access to these learning opportunities.

If the $50,000 crowdfunding goal is met, the Code Squad will grow to include members from Ladies Learning Code’s 22+ chapter cities across Canada plus surrounding areas based on community requests. The code:mobile will visit large and small towns, stopping at local parks, community centers, summer camps, street festivals, aboriginal reserves, hospitals and anywhere else they can park the truck and pop up the lab.

12088331_939664516116892_7403978349233720790_n (1)This isn’t the fist time we have seen groups or organizations hit the road with trucks and drive across cities, regions or countries. Last year we saw a group of our community members in India take a Firefox OS themed bus across country to teach the Mozilla mission and advocate for mobile device and education.

10625164_864579543560490_8348247736208212649_nBefore that we saw Mozilla Japan create the infamous MozBus that toured Japan and taught the web through numerous tools, events and curriculum. We have also seen tours in Kenya, U.S.A, Nepal and others.

The mobile learning truck seems like a timeless classic that never goes out of style. The most obvious value being the ability to travel in and out of any area and create buzz. More often than not, events that teach digital literacy happen within urban areas where access to resources and city transportation systems make it easier for participants to attend events. A vehicle allows for learning to happen literally anywhere; on the side of the road, in a rural area, in a farm and more.

We can’t wait to see where mobile education hits next!


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Reflecting on Recent Accomplishments

Kristina Gorr

Every week, the Mozilla Learning Networks team–with staff located across the US, Canada, Brazil, London, and Berlin–gathers for an hour-long video conference to connect, plan, solve challenges, share resources and work together.

In a recent meeting, we shared updates on some of the work that has made us most proud over the past month or so. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at how our team is supporting leadership development for the open Web!

  • We welcomed 100 new Club Captains (for a current total now of 120) after working with Regional Coordinators to interview applicants to learn more about their needs and motivations. For an in depth update on the State of Mozilla Clubs and what’s left for 2015, click here.

Mozilla Club Maps

  • More than 70 members attended Hive NYC’s September meet-up to learn from a media literacy program in collaboration with Rikers Island and The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, hosted at Parsons The New School For Design University Center. The focus of the program is on its overarching impact on students, law enforcement, parents and mental health practitioners.
  • In 2014, Capital One approached Mozilla Hive NYC regarding support of their interest in funding youth and technology projects that benefit a “low-moderate income population.” Further conversations revealed that Capital One wished to make a one-time investment through the Community Reinvestment Act.
    • Our community program presentations with Capital One resulted 100k in grants to fund four Hive NYC projects!
  • 80 participants engaged with us in a Mozilla Web Literacy Training at Brooklyn Public Library.
  • Hive Chicago’s meet-ups have recently been re-engineered based on membership feedback. Now that people are active, they want to begin removing themselves from the equation so that they can better up-level, empower and showcase community leaders. You can learn more by watching their September meet-up.
  • We collaborated with edSurge for this great article describing three Hive NYC projects that demonstrate the value of connecting informal educators with classroom teachers so that each inspires and challenges the other to invent creative learning opportunities.
  • In the UK and London, we’ve been building relationships with new partners, encouraging them to use our space, drop in for coffee and discuss how we can continue to work together. CoderDojo is a great example of this where we stayed in touch, started to share workstreams and ideas, and now our programs and tools are being utilized by those connections.
  • We have a new @Mozteach Twitter leader and are seeing increased engagement and activity on that channel. We’ve welcomed over 600 new followers and have seen engagement increase by over 100%! We love when community members share photos, ask questions, and engage in discussion with us on Twitter, so don’t be shy. Join us on Twitter!

Twitter @Mozteach

Mozilla Thimble

  • If you regularly follow Mozilla Foundation happenings, you know that we’re furthering our commitment to gigabit innovation in the U.S, with the help of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Currently, we’ve developed the 1st three month plan for gigabit work, including plans for hiring and onboarding. We’re excited to continue sharing our plans and progress with you as this project continues to unfold.
  • We have seen 50+ people curate Mozfest on Github and it has been amazing. With only a few weeks between us and Mozfest kick off, we are in high gear planning, finalizing, and triple checking every last detail of the event. We hope to see you there!
  • Our team has created this easy to use template to form new activities for Mozilla Clubs. Our goal is to use markdown to write content, use issues to handle discussions, use wiki to handle extra documentation, use github pages system to distribute content, ultimately making the process for creating new Club activities more efficient.
  • A new and improved X-ray Goggles homepage is coming and the designers are rolling on development for the launch. Stay tuned on the blog and Twitter for more details.

Have questions or comments about current projects or future plans? We’d love to hear from you on our forum.

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