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Mozilla Ignite launch at White House makes headlines

Last week’s launch of Mozilla Ignite made headlines. Here’s a round-up of press coverage, plus video of Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman’s announcement at the White House.

Fast Company

Building The Next Internet, 250 Times Faster

“Developers in 25 cities are getting a playdate with GENI, an ultra-fast broadband sandbox, with the goal of building apps that push beyond the limits of today’s Net.”


White House Launches ‘US Ignite’ For Next-Gen Broadband & Apps, Partners With Mozilla For $500k Competition

The challenge is currently in its first stage, which invites you to submit ideas for what you would do with a 1 Gbps network. The focus here is on education, healthcare, emergency preparedness, public safety, advanced manufacturing and clean energy and transportation. The best ideas will be rewarded with a total of $15,000 in prizes.


US starts Ignite project to support high-speed applications

The new US Ignite Partnership will create a national network of communities and campuses with ultra-fast broadband services at up to 1Gbps. This network will become a test-bed for designing and deploying next-generation applications to support national priorities areas such as education, healthcare, energy, and advanced manufacturing.

WebPro News

Mozilla And National Science Foundation Unite For Mozilla Ignite

Mozilla is probably the biggest proponent, outside of Google, of the power of the Web. They don’t believe in closed platforms or proprietary software. They believe in a future where everything is powered by a simple Web browser. To help advance that future, the non-profit is announcing a new contest.


Mozilla Launches Ignite Competition, Featuring Cash Prizes

In addition to the cash prizes, Mozilla Ignite is intended to bring together talented developers who can work in teams. A brainstorming round has already begun, and will last until August 23rd. Notably, Mozilla has also made clear that you don’t necessarily have to be a developer to participate in the brainstorming round. All you need is a good idea.


How Mozilla Wants To Help Ignite The Era Of High-Speed Broadband Internet

Fittingly, Mozilla, the nonprofit company behind the Firefox browser, is one of the major companies hoping to fuel the development of the new apps.

“Mozilla works to promote openness, opportunity and innovation on the Internet,” said Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s chief operating officer, in an email to TPM. “The US Ignite program is a way for the public to directly contribute their skills and ideas to the future of the web. We believe it will drive innovation both through the apps that are created, but also through the investment in high speed infrastructure that benefits everyone.”

Digital Trends

White House, federal agencies and US industries team for ‘US Ignite’ program

Also onboard is Mozilla, which has launched its own Mozilla Ignite site, a collaboration with the National Science Foundation that’ll issue up to $500,000 in grant money to third party developers looking to devise and develop innovative apps.


White House aims to make internet ’90 percent cheaper’ to build, teams up with Mozilla for $500k competition

Mozilla has decided to team up with the foundation to offer up a $500,000 prize pot for developers looking to help create the “internet of the future”. The challenge aims on education, healthcare, public safety and other (admittedly broad) topics, with the top ideas capable of grabbing $15,000 from the prize fund.


Mozilla invites users to build “the internet of the future”

Mozilla and the US National Science Foundation have launched Mozilla Ignite, a web site that challenges “designers, developers and everyday people” to design web applications that will run on “the internet of the future”. The project is being supported by the White House and is part of the US Ignite initiative, which is an effort to research the implications of networks up to 250 times the speed of today’s internet.

Mozilla Foundation’s Mark Surman introducing the Mozilla Ignite Challenge at the White House:

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Mozilla Webmaker launch makes headlines: press round-up (updated)

Last week, we proudly launched Mozilla Webmaker to the world. Here’s a round-up of reaction from the press:

Wired Webmonkey

Mozilla Aims to Build a Better Web With ‘Webmakers’ Project

Mozilla has kicked off a new effort to do something that’s very near and dear to Webmonkey’s heart — helping people create cool stuff on the web. Mozilla Webmaker, as the new initiative is known, wants to create “a new generation of webmakers, and a more web literate world.”

Boing Boing

Mozilla Webmaker: teaching people to make the Web

Mozilla’s new Webmaker project is a global initiative to “move people from using the Web to making the Web.” They’re running a series of events, including an upcoming Summer Code Party with interactive and recorded sessions on making stuff (I’ll be doing one of these)–Cory Doctorow

PC World

Learn DIY Web Skills Through Mozilla’s New ‘Webmaker’ Effort

Mozilla announced a new effort aimed at helping everyday users of the Web become more proficient at developing and helping to create it…. The new Mozilla Webmaker site will launch officially on June 6. When it does, I’m thinking it could be just as good a resource for small business users as it promises to be for individuals.


Mozilla Webmaker Aims to Teach You to Code and Change You from Web Consumer to Creator

While we’ve seen plenty of other ways to teach yourself to code, and even created our own series of lessons to help, this is the first collective learning initiative we’ve seen. You can certainly teach yourself from the privacy of your own home, but if you learn better with others you should definitely check this out.


 Meet Webmaker: Mozilla Launches “Summer Code” Web Love-in

Mozilla has long been a defender of a free and open web, and now the company has launched Mozilla Webmaker, which is aimed at taking ordinary web users and giving them development chops that can help them create new types of online “experiences.”…Mozilla will be reaching out to schools, summer camps and other organizations to participate in Webmaker, and the company is talking about a more “web literate planet.” That can’t be a bad thing.


Mozilla pushes for stronger ‘maker’ philosophy on Web

While the initiative stands to raise the visibility and importance of coding among the general public from a well-known non-profit already established in the field, it also comes just as the company plans to begin unveiling massive challenges to nearly every major player on the Web today with its Boot to Gecko phones, Persona login system, and Mozilla Marketplace for Web apps.


Mozilla Reveals its ‘Webmaker’ Education Initiative

To kickstart the program, Mozilla is campaigning for what it calls the Summer code Party. Mozilla is encouraging volunteers to host free local Webmaker events and teach-ins all over the world, to help those interested learn how to code for the web. Mozilla has provided event kits and starter projects to make it easy.

More ongoing press coverage tracked here.