Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog.
Join us for three days of inspired making, learning and celebration in London. Today we’re extremely proud to launch the new 2012 Mozilla Festival web site — and invite you to join us November 9-11 in London, UK.
“We want everyone to tap the full creative power of the web. The Mozilla Festival is a magnet for people interested in learning about — and playing with — the web’s future.” –Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla
Gathering educators, youth, coders, gamers, media-makers and you
This year’s Mozilla Festival will gather more than 800 passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. The goal: push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.
Coders, designers, journalists and educators will join with filmmakers, gamers, makers and youth from more than 40 different countries. Together they’ll participate in a series of design challenges, learning labs and fireside chats spread across four floors of the Ravensbourne design and media campus in East London.
Unlike traditional conferences, the emphasis at the Mozilla Festival is on hands-on making and collaboration — rather than passive consumption or listening to other people talk. It’s “more hack, less yack.” And a big tent for everyone — including partners, local communities and you — who shares Mozilla’s vision for a more open, web literate world.
“Technology is at the point where learners don’t just use the tools, but make the tools. This happens at places like the Mozilla Festival, where geeks and practitioners get together.” – Joi Ito, Mozilla Foundation Board Member, Director of MIT Media Lab
This year’s key themes:
- Building a generation of webmakers. Seeding a global movement to spread digital literacy and empower a new generation of digital creators.
- Coding for Kids. Including an entire floor of activities for youth hosted by Hive NYC, WYNC’s Radio Rookies, DigitalMe, O2 Think Big and more.
- Hackable Games. Pushing the frontiers of the web through gaming, opening games to remix, and creating games that teach web mechanics to the world.
- Making the Web Physical. Interactive prototypes that explore the potential of a physical internet. Hack with the MIT Media Lab, Product Design at the University of Dundee, TinkerCAD and more.
- Skills and Badges. Exploring how projects like Mozilla’s OpenBadges and others are rewarding achievement and unlocking the web’s full learning potential.
- Source Code for Journalism. Coding and working open for newsrooms and journalists, including news partners from the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project like the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times and others.
- Web-native Cinema. Exploring how HTML5 and new technologies like Mozilla Popcorn are changing the way film-makers, documentarians and everyday people tell stories on the web.
- Webmaking for Mobile. Coding and playing with mobile devices driven by the web. The web as platform for whole new devices and experiences.
Mozilla India community members made this by hand on Saturday using beautiful festival colors called "rangoli"
A lot has happened since we launched Webmaker. Since the initial launch announcement on May 22, we’ve seen:
More important than the numbers: we’re building global community. New people are showing up in our community calls. Photos and projects are coming in from around the world. We’re gathering valuable feedback on how to make the new Webmaker tools and projects better.
- People from 68 different countries. People like this.
- Learners with a broad range of web skills. Erin Knight’s early survey data suggests most users are coming in with more expertise than we originally anticipated — but still report learning new things.
- Communities of mentors and instructors. As Jacob highlighted in yesterday’s community call, we’re seeing mentors and community instructors grab onto our tools and curriculum (like Popcorn and StoryCamp) and adapting them to their local programs and needs — a key goal for all our work.
- Partners. Two of the most popular projects on webmaker.org have come from partners: the “Customize your Tumblr theme” project, for example — made possible by our partnership with Tumblr — and the Awesome Animal Builder from the London Zoo. And great partners like Black Girls Code and others are running events under the “Summer Code Party” banner all summer long, deepening relationships with Mozilla and teaching us.
Black Girls Code #MozParty in Oakland, June 30
- High-profile speakers and mentors. Like Cory Doctorow and OK Go’s Damian Kulash.
- Lots of new people introducing themselves on the Webmaker newsgroup. New community members have been sharing their background and experience there daily.
What’s new and improved?
Better Summer Code Party search. Users asked for improved ways to search for Summer Code Party events. This week we shipped them. They include:
Great stories and projects on the new Webmaker Tumblr. The Mozilla Webmaker tumblr has become one of the best ways to grok the overall story. And also shows some of the best examples of what people are making using Thimble, Popcorn, the X-Ray Goggles and other tools. Like using your first lines of HTML to tell someone important you love them:
Love hidden in the code. Thimble project from #MozParty
- A refresh of the Webmaker.org front page. To showcase the new global reach of the project, reflect our community more, and push participants to the right channels for conversation.
- Easier ways to see and share what people are making. We need to make it easier for people to share and submit great work into the Webmaker Tumblr. And eventually through more automated user-generated galleries.
- Incorporating user and community feedback into a larger Webmaker.org re-design effort. Chris Appleton will share more on this in Tuesday’s community call. (Here’s a sneak peek.)
Click this image to watch this Summer Code Party Invasion video -- then make your own using Mozilla Popcorn.
What are people making?
Mozilla Webmaker projects and beyond. Some highlights:
- Robot Invasion videos. The new Popcorn templates make it easy to produce a winning result fast. It feels like people are now intuitively “getting it” and seeing the creative potential for Popcorn in ways that were harder before. (See Jacob’s latest post on the sights and sounds of Popcorn’s StoryCamp, for example.)
- Customzing Tumblr templates. As a gateway to learning HTML and CSS.
- Making the web physical. MozParty Dundee, in Scotland, focused on hands-on hacking that blended the digital and the physical. From a physical blue bird that flaps its wings every time someone tweets “#MozParty,” to maneuvering Google Maps street view with a joystick. (This mix of physical and web hacking feels super rich — lots to think about for this year’s Mozilla Festival in November.)
Every time you tweet #MozParty, this bird flaps its wings
- Making mobile apps. At MozParties in Zurich and Bucharest.
- Tying in Mozilla’s larger mission and work. The Mozilla India team and ReMo members, for example, have been using the Summer Code Party as a tie-in and jumping off point for Firefox localization work and more.
What do the numbers tell us?
So far we’ve got:
- Survey feedback on the new Mozilla Thimble projects. Erin Knight’s post tells the story and take-aways from the survey feedback we’re getting.
- Social media and email growth. We continue to see good growth, plus the addition of Tumblr, with 2000+ followers in our first two weeks. Not bad.
Mozilla Webmaker social media channel growth
- Early web metrics. Ross shared some early metrics from webmaker.org in yesterday’s community call. But we have lots of work to do on improving how we collect this data and make it actionable.
Roadmapping. Mark Surman has outlined some thinking, questions and next steps around the roadmap for Webmaker tools. In Tuesday’s community call, we’ll dive into this in more depth.
The Popcorn, Thimble and Webmaker.org teams have been doing roadmap work as well. More on that in the coming weeks.
The best way to learn something is by making something. So as part of Mozilla’s campaign to help the world learn coding and webmaking this summer, we created these new Mozilla Webmaker projects. Their mission: help anyone (especially youth) make something amazing on the web fast.
Help test them out?
Can you take a few minutes to beta test the projects below? Are they easy to use? Helpful for learning? Fun? Flammable?
What’s the idea?
It’s all part of the Mozilla Summer Code Party. Blast off is June 23, with local events and teach-ins running around the world all summer long.
Mozilla will provide curriculum and fun starter projects like these. Tools anyone can use to make and learn together, just about anywhere. At local partner events, Mozilla spaces, libraries, or gathered around their own kitchen table.
Try ‘em out now. Kick the tires on these beta webmaker projects below and let us know what you think:
Got what it takes to go viral and become internet famous? Prove it. This project lets you use your HTML and CSS swagger to create your own web page — featuring a meme to conquer all internet memes. Let your inner serious cat or Ryan Gosling “hey girl” shine.
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Remix cheesy TV commercials. Add your own voice, insert pop-ups, links and commentary to web video. Hack pop culture with the tasty new Mozilla Popcorn tool.
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Go back in time to make these ugly ’90s web pages not suck. Everyone has an embarrassing moment. For the web it was the 1990s, when websites were boxy, ugly and wore flannel. Wrangle your HTML and CSS style powers to change the content, colors and layout to drag these pages out of the grungy past.
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Say o hai to the “web arcade,” a collection of hackable mini-games that test your webmaking prowess. In this first mission, use HTML to fix a broken map of the arcade, unlocking new missions and exploring brave new webby worlds.
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Got something to shout about? A rant, cause, passion project or block party you want the world to know about? Shout it from the rooftops by making your own web page in minutes, using this handy remixable template. Then share it via email, Twitter, Facebook or URL. Easy! </rant>
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Create transmedia mayhem. Use the popular “Inanimate Alice” interactive novel and Hackasaurus to make your own storylines, characters and mashups, remixing the web as you go.
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Create your own awesome-looking “how-to” page. Use your newfound HTML, CSS and Popcorn wisdom to create the world’s greatest web page tutorial. What do you want to make today?
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Even more webmaker projects are on the way:
- How to make your own animated GIF
- How to tweak your Tumblr theme with CSS
- Make your own avatar
- + lots more interest-based projects from Hive, more advanced HTML and CSS projects, more from the NESTA event and more…
Sneak peek: new Mozilla Webpage Maker
It’s webmaking made ridiculously simple. The new Mozilla Webpage Maker tool will help you make your own fully real web page in about 8 seconds flat. All through a simple two-pane editor that makes the basics of HTML dead easy to learn. Test out the prototype here.
Get involved with Webmaker Projects
Get involved with Mozilla’s Summer Code Party