Science Fair evening reception
The MozFest 2014 Science Fair was an energy-filled collection of innovative prototypes, ideas, hacks and collaborations. See all the photos here. A huge thank you to Paul Clarke and Tracy Howl for helping us with photography!
MozFest kicks off with a bang
The traditional kickoff to #MozFest, Mozilla’s annual festival celebrating the open web, is the Science Fair evening reception. This year, more than 900 attendees participated, making it our largest Science Fair ever!
Ravensbourne was buzzing as participants demoed their projects, prototypes, ideas and hacks. People from around the globe mingled with drinks in hand, discussing innovative ideas for making music on the web, learning and teaching code, controlling how our data is shared on the web and more.
MozFest Science Fair projects included:
BRCK, a self-powered, mobile WiFi device designed in Nairobi, Kenya and intended for use in rural communities. Built by creators of Ushahidi, Crowdmap and the iHub, BRCK is physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices and contains enough backup power to survive a blackout.
Serendipidoodle, an app that generates two random words to be drawn. Participants are invited to consider the words, decide if they want to represent them literally or metaphorically, and interpret the words in a doodle. The drawings are then shared on Twitter. For lovers of wordplay and sketching, this is an experience where chance meets art.
Erase All Kittens, an innovative online platform game that teaches young people to code and create on the web by encouraging them to hack into levels, written in HTML and CSS in order to complete the game.
Terms of Service, by Michael Keller and Josh Neufeld, is a graphic novel explaining our role in the world of Big Data. Produced with AlJazeera America, it’s a gorgeous antidote to the normally dense, jargon-laden coverage of this issue.
#YourFry is a wonderful example of the Internet of Things in action. The publishers of Stephen Fry’s latest book invited the public to create digital hacks of the project. Michael Shorter used conductive ink allowing you to touch different areas on the book’s cover to play different stories from the book in audio format.
After a night of socializing, MozFest participants will get their hands dirty tomorrow, meeting in hundreds of interactive sessions, finding kindred spirits to collaborate with, and starting the hands-on process of hacking solutions to some of the most pressing issues on the web.
Hive Chicago at MozFest
This year, Hive Chicago is fortunate to bring an impressive cohort of your network colleagues and peers to MozFest, nominated and voted on by you to represent us. There are three categories: Moonshot Representatives will be representing the work of our Moonshot working groups over the last few months to identify solutions to the most persistent challenges to enacting Hive Chicago’s goals; Maker Party People have created highly engaging, hands-on, connected learning experiences with digital media and will be showcasing these at a Maker Party; and other travelers who will be leading or attending sessions at MozFest. See more.
MozFest: Arrive with an Idea, Leave with a Community
This “unconference” – hosted by the Mozilla Foundation – is part hackathon, part science fair, part Maker Party, and sometimes just full-on dance party. The festival brings together technologists, educators, journalists, bloggers, developers, and learners to share and revel in their vision of an open web, neigh, an open society, and a truly connected world of learning.
Each year, session proposals are accepted around thematic tracks, that loosely organize and bind some structured activities in a sea of self-guided and self-directed experiences. This year’s tracks include: Hive Learning Networks, Build and Teach the Web, Open Web with Things, The Mobile Web, Source Code for Journalism, Science and the Web, Art and Culture of the Web, Open Badges Lab, Musicians and Music Creators on the Open Web, Policy and Advocacy, and Community Building.
The Hive Learning Networks Track
The Hive track is exactly what you might expect: a community gathering of Hive members and the Hive-curious, people united to create a transcendent learning ecosystem in their respective cities or nations by promoting web literacy, digital media production and creating an openly networked environment of service providers and learning spaces. These are solutionaries, ready to tackle the unique challenges – both obstacles and opportunities – in their local neighborhoods. They are ready to bring innovative programs, projects, platforms, and products to their communities and bring us all one step closer to our goals.
The track consists of meetups, fireside chats, a number of sessions organized as an “Action Incubator”, a Maker Party, and opportunities to showcase our work. We open the festival with a global meetup on Friday night, which convenes a conversation around the Hive goals and the principles of connected learning. Then we dive right in.
Our Friday evening meetup is immediately followed by the first session in our Action Incubator: Identifying Challenges – participants will identify obstacles that stand in their way of enacting our shared goals and a connected learning ecosystem in their local community, or identify the opportunities that might get them there. Then we will sort these challenges by affinity and reveal shared challenge areas that we all face in this work. Prepared with these shared goals, learning principles and challenge areas in mind, we will go forth and engage with all that MozFest has to offer with a collaborative, unified clarity of purpose.
Sound familiar? This process is modeled after our work in establishing Hive Chicago Moonshots, complemented by the creative insights and work of our sister Hive Networks around the globe. This is where our Moonshot Representatives get to provide guidance and support to the community. As experts in identifying shared challenges and organizing a community to action, the Moonshot Reps will play an important part in connecting and supporting attendees to the Hive Track at MozFest. Their existing Moonshots may also serve to help organize our global peers’ obstacles and opportunities into similar challenge areas.
Before diving into the busy weekend, MozFest take a moment to reflect and share in a science fair! Participants of every track at MozFest demo work that they bring with them, or ideas they hope to explore, in a cocktail-party-styled showcase that exposes attendees to the incredible diversity of creative endeavors that they can choose to engage with during the rest of the weekend. This is a place to spark action.
We’re excited that Miriam Martinez will be sharing out SCCoogle and Expunge.io, two student-created web app projects aimed at addressing youth needs around school discipline and criminal records. David Bild and Emmanuel Pratt will also be sharing their Mapping Collaborative project as a teaser to their session.
Activating, Brainstorming, Prototyping, Iterating and Getting Feedback
On Saturday morning, we host session 2 of the Action Incubator: Brainstorming Solutions, where participants that need to spend a little more time with the Hive before venturing out will rapid-fire identify prototype solutions to their challenges or opportunities in a fun peer-to-peer exchange. On Sunday morning, we invite everyone, members of a Hive or otherwise, to session 3 of the Action Incubator: Receiving Feedback, where participants will share their the insights and prototypes from their MozFest experience for some peer-to-peer feedback to further develop their ideas.
For our Moonshot Representatives, these two days are a unique opportunity to share the Hive Chicago Moonshots with a diverse, international crowd to see how and if our messages resonate. This is an important test of our work as we head into Hive is Five: can we activate interest and support from a broad community? Taking these Moonshots to sessions around MozFest will also be an opportunity to brainstorm solutions and start to develop prototypes that might be executed over the course of the next few months or years after MozFest. There is a depth of potential resources at MozFest that we should leverage.
A Maker Party Too
Saving the best for last… did I mention the MozFest Maker Party? Oh yeah, we’ve got one of those on Saturday too! The party is hosted by Hive Global, for the young people of London. This is where our Maker Party people come in and bring a gust of our Windy City energy across the pond. I hope these Londoners brought their galoshes, ’cause they’re about to get showered in learning.
Celebrating Our Accomplishments
The weekend comes to a close on Sunday evening with a Global Meetup Redux and a Final Showcase to reconvene our new and not-so-new community to share what we’ve accomplished, learned or created over the last 3 days and identify what’s ready to share with the world, or at least our friends at the festival. The Final Showcase on Sunday evening is less of science fair and more of a circus!
Phew, that’s a busy 48-ish hours.
New to MozFest? Mentors can help.
Hours before the official kickoff of to MozFest 2014, a group of dedicated Webmaker Mentors and Supermentors gathered with a single mission:
MozFest is a whirlwind of making and learning, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. Mentors are here to help during the festival by:
- Participate in MozFest wherever you are with the MozFest Remotee Challenge
- Follow the #MozFest hashtag on Twitter
- Visit the MozFest website
- Check out photos from the festival on Flickr
Welcome to MozFest!
Today marks the beginning of the fifth annual Mozilla Festival, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the open web.
More than 1,600 participants from countries around the globe will gather at Ravensbourne in East London for a weekend of collaborating, building prototypes, designing innovative web literacy curricula and discussing how the ethos of the open web can contribute to the fields of science, journalism, advocacy and more.
Envisioning the future of the open web
In the next decade, billions more people will be coming online for the first time, largely thanks to the increased accessibility and affordability of mobile devices. There is a growing concern that the web of the future will have little to offer us except closed social networks and media consumption using apps, services and platforms created by a few big players. Additionally, troubling questions are emerging about how our online activity is monitored by governments and corporations. In the face of these threats, it’s crucial that we maintain our freedom, independence and agency as creators of the web, not just consumers.
Ambitious goals for MozFest 2014
MozFest brings together a passionate, global cohort to establish the open values that will govern the web of the future. Our aim this year is to develop tools and practices to keep the democratic principles of the Internet alive. We’ll be strategizing how to use both distributed organizing and skill-sharing to engage the global open web community. Web literacy – the critical skills necessary to read, write and participate on the the Internet – are central to this mission. We’ll address the challenges facing the Internet and explore how to spread web literacy on a global scale through hands-on, interactive sessions organized into 11 themed tracks.
Inspiring keynote speakers
While the motto of MozFest is Less Yack, More Hack, participants will be treated to some engaging keynote speakers including Baroness Beeban Kidron, Mary Moloney from CoderDojo, Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, and Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla.
MozFest is our biggest party of the year. If you’re celebrating with us in London, we invite you to dive in, meet some kindred spirits and start hacking. If you’re interested in joining the festivities from afar, check out these great options for remote participation.
- Participate in MozFest wherever you are with the MozFest Remotee Challenge
- Follow the #MozFest hashtag on Twitter
- Visit the MozFest website
- Check out photos from the festival on Flickr
This is the ninth post in a series featuring interviews with the 2014 Mozilla Festival “Space Wranglers,” the curators of the many exciting programmatic tracks slated for this year’s Festival.
For this edition, we chatted with Beatrice Martini and Bekka Kahn who are co-wrangling the Community Building track at MozFest—a track all about being members, builders and fuel of communities joining their forces as part of the Open Web movement.
What excites you most about your track?
In the early days of the web, Mozilla pioneered community building efforts together with other open source projects. Today, the best practices have changed and there are many organisations to learn from. Our track aims to convene these practitioners and join forces to create a future action roadmap for the Open Web movement.
Building and mobilising community action requires expertise and understanding of both tools and crowd. The relationships between stakeholders need to be planned with inclusivity and sustainability in mind.
Our track has the ambitious aim to tell the story about this powerful and groundbreaking system. We hope to create the space where both newcomers and experienced community members can meet, share knowledge, learn from each other, get inspired and leave the festival feeling empowered and equipped with a plan for their next action.
The track will feature participatory sessions (there’s no projector is sight!), an ongoing wall-space action and a handbook writing sprint. In addition to this, participants and passers-by will be encouraged to answer the question: “What’s the next action, of any kind/ size/ location, you plan to take for the Open Web movement?”
Who are you working with to make this track happen?
We’ve been very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with many great folks, old friends and new, to build such an exciting project. The track was added to just a few weeks before the event, so it’s very emergent—just the way we like it!
We believe that collaboration between communities is what can really fuel the future of the Open Web movement. We put this belief into practice through our curatorship structure, as well as the planning of the track’s programme, which is a combination of great ideas that were sent through the festival’s Call for Proposals and invitations we made to folks we knew would have had the ability to blow people’s mind with 60 minutes and a box of paper and markers at their disposal.
How can someone who isn’t able to attend MozFest learn more or get involved in this topic?
Anyone will be welcome to connect with us in (at least) three ways.
- We’ll have a dedicated hashtag to keep all online/remote Community conversations going: follow and engage with #MozFestCB on your social media plaftorm of choice, we’ll record a curated version of the feed on our Storify.
- We’ll also collect all notes, resources of documentation of anything that will happen in and around the track on our online home.
- The work to create a much awaited Community Building Handbook will be kicked off at MozFest and anyone who thinks could enrich it with useful learnings is invited to join the writing effort, from anywhere in the world.
We’re excited to welcome a slate of thought-provoking keynote speakers who will discuss the state of the web today, why an open web matters more than ever, and how you can get involved in building the web of the future.
Film Director & Co-Founder, FILMCLUB
The Baroness Beeban Kidron has been directing films for more than 30 years and is a joint founder of FILMCLUB, a educational charity that allows children to watch and analyze internationally iconic films. Each week the charity reaches 220,000 children, in more than 7,000 clubs.
Kidron is best known for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and the Bafta-winning miniseries Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She also directed To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Antonia and Jane, as well as two documentaries on prostitution: Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns, and Sex, Death and the Gods, a film about “devadasi,” or Indian “sacred prostitutes.”
Her latest film, InRealLife, explores the first generation of British teenagers who are growing up having never known a time before smartphones and social media, whose childhoods are defined by status updates, emails and digitized friendships.
Global CEO, CoderDojo
Mary joined the CoderDojo Foundation team in June 2014, to take up the position of Global CEO. Prior to that, she was a partner in Accenture’s strategy practice, leading engagements with international clients in the Media, High Tech, Telco & Financial Services sectors. During her 23 years with Accenture Mary held a number of lead positions within the organization & within its clients, including; Partner, Managing Director and Multiple C-Suite positions. She has also been involved at board level with number of non profit organizations and remains on the boards of the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Professional Women’s Network. Both of her 9 year old and 7 year old sons are active ninjas who participate at the Science Gallery and Sandymount Dojos near where she lives in Dublin.
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Mark has overseen the development of Popcorn.js, which Wired has called the future of online video; the Open Badges initiative, launched by the US Secretary of Education; and the Knight Mozilla News Technology partnership, which seeks to reinvent the future of digital journalism.
Prior to joining Mozilla, Mark was awarded one of the first Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowships, where he explored the application of open principles to philanthropy. During his fellowship, he advised a Harvard Berkman study on open source licensing in foundations, was the lead author on the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and organized the first open education track at the iCommons Summit, which led to him becoming a founding board member of Peer-to-peer University (P2PU). Mark holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the University of Toronto.
Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products.
Mitchell was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organization’s rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO. Mitchell remains deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission.
Mozilla defines web literacy as the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. To chart these skills and competencies, we worked alongside a community of stakeholders in 2013 to create the Web Literacy Map. You can read more about why Mozilla cares about web literacy in this Webmaker Whitepaper.
The Web Literacy Map underpins the work we do with Webmaker and, in particular, the Webmaker resources section. As the web develops and evolves, we have committed to keeping the Web Literacy Map up-to-date. That’s why we’ve begun work on a version 2.0 of the Web Literacy Map.
To date, we’ve interviewed 38 stakeholders on what they believe the Web Literacy Map is doing well, and how it could be improved. We boiled down their feedback to 21 emerging themes for Web Literacy Map v2.0 and some ideas for how Webmaker could be improved.
From the 21 emerging themes mentioned above, we identified five proposals that would help shape further discussion about the Web Literacy Map. These are:
- I believe the Web Literacy Map should explicitly reference the Mozilla manifesto.
- I believe the three strands should be renamed ‘Reading’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Participating’.
- I believe the Web Literacy Map should look more like a ‘map’.
- I believe that concepts such as ‘Mobile’, ‘Identity’, and ‘Protecting’ should be represented as cross-cutting themes in the Web Literacy Map.
- I believe a ‘remix’ button should allow me to remix the Web Literacy Map for my community and context.
We’ve added these to a survey* which is available in the following languages:
The survey will close on November 1st. If you’d like to translate the survey into another language, please join one of the teams (or create your own!) on Transifex.
*Note: you can email your responses directly if you’d rather not sign into a Google account.
Today, we’re kicking off a series of seven Web Literacy Map v2.0 community calls. These will be at 3pm UTC:
There is a calendar that you can subscribe to here.
If you can’t make the calls, please do leave notes for discussion on the agenda for an upcoming call using the links above. Alternatively, get involved in the Web Literacy Map discussion area of the #TeachTheWeb forum.
We’re hoping to have the text of an updated Web Literacy Map finished by Q1 2015. The graphical elements and the reorganization of webmaker.org that it may entail will take longer. We’d be very interested in hearing how you plan to use it in your context.
You can keep up-to-date with everything to do with Web Literacy Map v2.0 by bookmarking this page on the Mozilla wiki.
Finally, there will be a few sessions at the Mozilla Festival next week about the Web Literacy Map. Look out for them, and get involved!
It’s Almost Time!
MozFest — Mozilla’s annual hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open, global web — is about to begin.
This year’s festival, which takes place in London from October 24 – 26, will be packed with passionate technologists and creators eager to share their skills and hack on innovative digital solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.
The Web Is Vulnerable
It’s no secret that the web as a free and open public resource is under threat. Governments and corporations are vying for control, leaving web users across the globe struggling to protect not only their own personal online security, but the integrity of the Internet as a whole. As billions more people come online in the next decade thanks to affordable mobile technologies, is their web going to be open or closed? Decentralized or controlled? Will they be passive consumers or empowered creators? More and more people are realizing we need to step in and save the web, but that’s only going to happen if more of us are fighting.
Together We Are Strong
The good news is that hundreds of thousands of people, organizations and communities around the world are eager to help with this mission. MozFest is about imagining how we can work together. How can citizens of the web in communities around the world be empowered to take action? MozFest participants will tackle these challenges not just by talking about them, but by building new ways to teach and engage everyone in making the web together.
Hacking Practical Solutions
MozFest is where people who love the open web collaborate to envision how it can do more, and do better. The motto of the festival is Less Yack, More Hack which results in a focus on identifying current challenges and developing practical solutions. This year, MozFest will feature 11 themed tracks:
- The Mobile Web
- Policy & Advocacy
- Community Building
- Build and Teach the Web
- Open Web With Things
- Source Code for Journalism
- Science and the Web
- Art and Culture of the Web
- Open Badges Lab
- Hive Learning Networks
- Musicians and Music Creators on the Open Web
Scores of individual sessions will be held as part of each track. Here’s just a taste of the sessions participants will be hacking:
- How the next 1 billion internet users will bring their online ideas to life
- Helping 10 million young people become digitally literate
- Design your first mobile app
- Hacking the gender gap
- Using badges to support the delivery of the new computing curriculum
- User privacy and security on the web
- Let’s build an unbreakable internet
- Making open web a part of the curriculum
- I was born with the web – 25 under 25
- How to get into the correct amount of trouble online
Our aim this year is to showcase and develop best practices for community leadership. Join us in discovering how distributed organizing and sharing skills through teaching and learning can build a web filled with opportunity for all!