How do you turn dull conferences into festival-style jams packed with more hack / less yak? Michelle Thorne’s full “Aftermath Report” from the 2012 Mozilla Festival is so thorough and open, it basically provides an introductory blueprint for others thinking about hosting their own #MozFest-style event. Recommended reading for anyone interested in creative community-powered event design.
A MozFest Manifesto?
Excerpting from Michelle’s post:
Make everything hands-on, hackable, and collaborative. Participants hack and learn in small, decentralized groups. Sessions focus on solving real problems and teaching applicable skills. The schedule is always evolving in response to participants’ interests.
Learn who is building what, and how they can share and help each other. The opening Science Fair and closing demo party help with this.
Fuel leaders who want to invent, teach and organize. For us, that meant planning sessions with community members to design next year’s Summer Code Party and the growth of the global Hive network.
Design the things you want to build next. For us this year it was two important new verticals: mobile and games.
Use an open submission process. Hold a facilitator “boot camp” before the event. Designate community “space wranglers.” (Lots more detail on all the nuts and bolts in Michelle’s post.)
“Ultimately, I think [Mozfest] is about turning the people who have this year been the observers and learners into next year’s teachers and makers.”—Joe Dytrych, CodeCards inventor
“[My professor] insisted that I attend the Mozilla Festival in London. This was probably the best advice I have ever received in my time at University & will likely impact my future greatly.”—Finlay Craig, design student from Scotland
Today at the Mozilla Festival, we’re extremely proud to launch the 1.0 version of Popcorn Maker, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web.
Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser.
The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each time you watch them.
The Popcorn Maker story
“Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box,” says Mozilla’s Director of Popcorn, Brett Gaylor. “Popcorn Maker changes that, making video work like the rest of the web: hackable, linkable, remixable, and connected to the world around it.”
“But until now, the power of Popcorn has been available mostly just to developers,” Brett says. “Popcorn Maker puts that power in everyone’s hands, through an intuitive interface anyone can use. We’re really excited to see what the world will make with it.”