“Finding our people:” growing a global community of makers

In my very first job interview two years ago with Mozilla’s chief lizard wrangler, Mitchell Baker, she continually drove home the point that one of Mozilla’s core assets — almost as valuable as the Firefox brand itself — is a unique way of working. It’s an open source approach to collaboration that aspires to be: An open meritocracy. Where the …

Building a generation of web makers in Africa

With the release of the Mozilla Hackasaurus “hacktivity kit,” hack jams are starting to pop up around the world — including the first-ever Hackasaurus event in Africa. Held last week at the Nairobits Design School in Nairobi, the jam introduced youth and novice web makers to the basic building blocks of HTML, all by messing around with their favorite web …

“Mucking around with HTML is like baking bread or changing a tire”

I love that analogy from┬áMeredith Stewart, a 7th grade history teacher in North Carolina writing about her first Mozilla Hackasaurus hack jam. Sponsored by the National Writing Project, the recent jam gave educators a chance to use Firefox and Hackasaurus to mess around with websites by changing the underlying HTML that makes them tick. Meredith’s post about the experience perfectly …