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What we made together at MozFest


Here’s a sampling of what the 1,400 makers gathered in London made together at this year’s Mozilla Festival, as shared in the Festival’s closing Demo Party.

There’s lots more on the Festival blog, opening Science Fair, and the best photos are here. Many of these are early works in progress — please get in direct touch with the makers with your feedback, ideas and contributions. Continue reading What we made together at MozFest

How to make your own mini-MozFest

This new debrief and documentation from the 2012 Mozilla Festival lays out the key ingredients, reviews and recommendations.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Design the things you want to build next. For us this year it was two important new verticals: mobile and games.
  5. 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.)

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Reviews from participants

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  • Host your own Webmaker event. Our handy event kits make it pretty easy.
  • Help turn this into HOW TO documentation. Get in touch with Michelle if you’re interested in helping to turn her post into a more robust HOW TO.
  • Check out the feedback on recommendations for next year’s MozFest. Rough etherpad notes from our last Webmaker community call.

Introducing Popcorn Maker

(Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog)

Brett Gaylor launching Popcorn Maker at the Mozilla Festival this morning

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.”

Last year Mozilla launched Popcorn.js, a Javascript library for developers that resulted in ground-breaking productions like the NFB’s One Millionth Tower, PBS and NPR’s 2012 election coverage, and more.

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.”

Developed as part of Mozilla’s Webmaker program, Popcorn Maker is a unique collaboration with filmmakers, developers, young media makers, and the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College, all working to design and build together.

Popcorn Maker is built entirely using open web elements, written in HTML, CSS and Javascript. “It’s essentially a web page that makes other web pages. We think it’s a great example of Mozilla’s larger vision for what web apps can be,” Brett says.

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