Community Literacies #5, India edition: Club recipes, IRC parties and trains that teach!


Editor’s Note: Community Literacies is a series about the Webmaker community’s finest teaching kits and learning resources around the world, and the user stories that bring them to life. Have something to share? Get in touch with @codekat.

Community-made curriculum, from Africa to India

In the last few issues of this series, we explored the most inspiring teaching materials that have come out of Maker Parties and other community gatherings around the world this summer. Most recently, we looked at curriculum made in Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA. And this time, we’re heading to the beautiful land of India!

We’ll start by looking at a Webmaker Club recipe made by a talented group of Mozillians in Hyderabad. We’ll fly to Sathyabama University to learn about a Webmaker Open Online Train the Trainer (WOOTT) activity, and we’ll learn how to create our own digital business cards in Bapatla. We’ll finish our time together by learning about a Net Neutrality for Newbies teaching kit built from an Indian perspective, and a fun train game accompanied by an even more fun card generator from New Delhi that anyone can use to learn HTML. Namaste!

Image thanks to Mozilla Club Hyderabad

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Congratulations to the Mozilla Hive Challenge Winners!


For the past four weeks, 25 non-profit organizations from across Hive communities in NYC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Chattanooga and Kansas City have been hard at work raising money for their digital literacy programs.

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They participated in the Hive Challenge on Crowdrise, a crowdfunding campaign that ultimately resulted in over 1,000 donations and $200,000 raised in total.

In addition to the money that participating organizations raised through lots of team effort and targeted outreach, Mozilla contributed $50,000 through grand prizes and weekly bonus challenges. These funds served as exciting incentives and a show of support for the work these organizations are doing on the ground to help spread digital skills and web literacy in Hive cities across the US.

Congratulations to the winners, and to all that took part in our first, cross-Hive fundraising campaign.

NYC SALTScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.23.36 AM raised $54,000 and won the grand prize of $15,000! They use digital photography to engage, inspire and empower youth from under-served communities in New York City to reach their full potential. The money they raised will support three of their key programs, including 12-week smartphone photography workshops and a one-week intensive program for middle school students.


Beam CenterScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.23.58 AM raised $40,200 and won the second place prize of $10,000. Their funds will go towards the purchase of a van, to enable them to bring their Brooklyn-based maker programs to more students across the five boroughs.



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Global Action Project raised $11,245 and won the third place prize of $5,000. Their money will be spent on upgrading their video production equipment, and ultimately will help hundreds of LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth and youth of color throughout NYC who are using media to share their stories and organize for justice through their afterschool programs.


Note that while the official “challenge” is over, you can still donate to these organizations and others at

MozFest 2014: We made this together!


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We arrived as individuals, we left as a community.

More than 1,600 educators, community-builders, technologists and creators met in London from October 24-26, 2014 for MozFest, a collaborative festival dedicated to innovating for the open web.

Over the course of three days, attendees from 50+ countries participated in hundreds of hands-on sessions exploring topics ranging from opportunities for the mobile web and digital literacy; to journalism; science; arts, culture and music on the web.

Friendships were forged, ideas emerged, prototypes were hacked. Here’s a taste of what we worked on together at MozFest 2014:

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