Monthly Archives: June 2012

The weekend the world learned the web

This past Saturday and Sunday, people around the world threw a giant party unlike any other. Grandpas in Tokyo came. Kids and parents in San Francisco came. People in Romania did it for 48 hours straight.

Welcome to #MozParty

In Toronto, they made digital animations and robot invasion videos. In Nigeria, novice webmakers created their first-ever web pages. Santiago created tools for citizen journalists, Bucharest made mobile apps, and Dublin used Popcorn to annotate their favorite skateboard videos. In Pune, India, they made web pages about environmentalism, and in Guadalajara they built a website for a school.

“Tomorrow, us and the rest of the world will learn how to code at #mozparty” –@JeanAustinR

These great photos and projects tell the story. Diverse backgrounds, skill sets, ages and themes, all coming together with one goal: to rock the world’s first-ever Summer Code Party. And they’re just getting started.

More than 1,000 people attended 125 events world-wide

And that’s just the opening weekend. More than 400 other events are already planned for the rest of the summer, from London to Barcelona to Dar Es Salaam and Kampala. All culminating in a big final wrap-up on September 23, showcasing all the amazing stuff we made and learned together.

A small sampling of what people made this weekend

From hacking toys to tweaking Tumblrs to making robot invasion videos

Check out the Mozilla Webmaker Tumblr for more great examples of what folks are making and learning using new Mozilla Webmaker tools and projects.

“I don’t need to teach the kids, they’re happy to teach each other” –@jbuckca

With your help, this will be the summer the world learns the web. Or, as Mark Surman put it, the summer where we plant the seeds together to make that possible.

“Your step-dad is on your site learning to code” –@erinknight’s mom

Learn more and get involved

“The web is the canvas on which you are going to make to your art.” –Damian Kulash, Ok Go

Ok Go’s Damian Kulash helped kick off the Summer Code Party as part of the Mozilla Popcorn “StoryCamp:”

UPDATED: Your favorite Summer Code Party photos

@JeanAustinR: "My first Mozilla Thimble project"

What are your favorite Summer Code Party photos? Let us know through #mozparty! And don’t forget to tag your photos and posts “mozparty.”

Some of our favorites so far:

Dragon prototyping at #MozParty Toronto
“Little Big City presented by @TVOKids! #kidshackto #mozparty”
Toy hacking at #MozParty Toronto
“Paper Prototyping! #mozparty #kidshackto”
Chicago Code Party in full effect
#MozParty Chicago
#MozParty Nigeria
#MozParty Phillipines

#MozParty Romania
#MozParty in Pune, India
#MozParty Pune, India
#MozParty Zurich
Annotating skateboard videos at the Coder Dojo #mozparty in Dublin

Get ready for blast off: your “Summer Code Party” Survival Guide

Some of the Summer Code Party events happening around the world June 23 to Sep 23

Get ready for the Global Weekend of Code!

It’s on. Mozilla’s Summer Code Party blasts off this weekend with the Global Weekend of Code. More than 100 community-organized events will happen around the world on June 23 and 24 — from San Francisco, London and Tokyo to Toronto, Nairobi and Santiago.

And that’s just the beginning. The party will continue all summer long, with more than 400 events now planned between now and Sep 23 — spanning 320 cities and 67 countries!

You made this happen: a global movement to teach and learn the web. All through open, community-powered participation and sharing. Here is your survival guide.


What’s going to happen?

Beginning this weekend and running to September 23, the world will teach and learn the web through the first-ever Summer Code Party.

  • Everyday people, amazing partners and Mozilla community members…
  • Getting together at big and small events. In Mozilla spaces, libraries, community centers and around kitchen tables.
  • Using new Mozilla Webmaker tools, projects and event kits
  • To make and learn with the web. From tweaking their blog templates, to making interactive web videos, to learning HTML by building their first web pages.
  • Creating a more web-literate planet. Learning about how code and the web works through hands-on making and doing.

View Mozilla Summer Code Party events in a larger map

Where’s it all happening?

Everywhere. Find an event near you, or create your own. Our handy event guides make it easy. Here’s just some of the events happening this weekend:


What are people going to do?

On the new web site, you’ll find more than 20 new projects to help you make something amazing with the web. Plus great new tools like Thimble, the X-Ray Goggles and Popcorn. Some highlights:

How do I join the #MozParty conversation?

The new page is your one-stop source for Summer Code Party news.

Some highlights:


Help! How do I get support? #MozHelp

Got a question? Need help with your event? The answers you’re looking for are here:

Some highlights:

  • #MozHelp is your friend. Just tag a tweet with #MozHelp and a volunteer will get in touch!
  • Summer Code Party FAQ. Check here first! New questions and answers added daily.
  • Event Guides. Step-by-step help with hosting your event.
  • Still stuck? Email us at mozparty [AT] mozilla [DOT] org
  • On IRC? Come on over to and join the #MozParty channel.
  • Promote your event. Download a poster and postcard kit.
  • Want to help with support and storytelling? Volunteer here.

Partnering with you

As Mozilla’s Mark Surman explains:

Mozilla Webmaker is premised on the belief that we can build a global community of people who share our goals. We chose Summer Code Party as our first big step because we know we need to start building this community early: to figure out how to organize things; what tools people need; and how we can help others working on similar projects.

So please let us know what you’re planning and making through the channels listed above. Let’s learn and experiment together this summer. Happy webmaking!