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Webmaker round-up: MozCamp, Hive Berlin, code sprint grants + Hall of Fame

In case you missed last week’s Webmaker community call, here’s what we’re making together at Mozilla Webmaker:

Mozilla Webmaker and Mozilla Reps: working together

As MozCamp Europe kicks off in Warsaw, we’re sharing highlights of how Mozilla Reps are using Mozilla Webmaker tools and Summer Code Party events to grow Mozilla.

From the recent Hive Berlin “speed geek” session

Hive Berlin starts buzzing

The Hive model is spreading.  The approach: bring together local organizations, museums, libraries and open tech leaders like Mozilla to teach digital literacy, hacking and webmaking.

Hive Toronto is organizing another major Mozilla Toronto event for Sep 22. And last week, an introductory “Hive Berlin” brought local leaders together to offer youth a “speed geek session” where participants “hacked at learning stations and hopped into and making something.”

the future of learning

The goal: “for leaders to showcase their offerings and connect with other individuals and Berlin organizations working at the intersection of learning and digital tools.”

[05.11.2011] MOZILLA FEST
Knight-Mozilla OpenNews session at last year’s Mozilla Festival

Apply for an OpenNews “Code Sprint Grant”

Got a big little idea for an open source journalism tool? The Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project can help.

“We’re looking to help create small tools that make big impacts.” –Dan Sinker, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews

How it works: the program offers Code Sprint Grants of $10,000 to fund small-scale utilities and tools that solve specific, repeatable journalistic problems. News organizations collaborate with OpenNews to define Code Sprint projects, and all Code Sprint Grant-funded code is documented and open-sourced on completion.

How can we become the best in the world at user testing?

Kate Hudson presented the results of some great recent experiments around user testing for Mozilla Popcorn. Testers came into the Mozilla Toronto office, were guided through a script and process Kate and the Popcorn team created, and then offered their feedback on this sneak peek new version of the Popcorn app.

Next up: begin doing regular monthly “User Testing Fridays” in the Moz Toronto community space and elsewhere?

Building a Summer Code Party “Hall of Fame”

We’re approaching the grand finale of the Summer Code Party on Sep 22 and 23. To mark the occasion, The Webmaker engagement team is doing our best to gather up a new “Hall of Fame” with your favorite moments, people and projects from the summer.

The goal: spread love. Celebrate and offer recognition to your favorite community members, instructors, and inspiring people you met through the Summer Code Party.

Building a prototype for “webmaker.org/HallofFame.” Or something like it. Rebeccah and OpenMatt are working on a prototype web page aimed at making it easy to see, submit and share your own favorites from the summer. Lots of this is already on our Mozilla Webmaker Tumblr — it just needs to be sorted and organized into “best of” categories. More on that next week. In the mean time, we’re pulling together some quick and dirty prototypes here.

What are we making at #MozParty? Gearing up for the grand finale

This summer, Mozilla asked you to join in a unique global experiment: what if we invited people around the world to make and learn something amazing with the web?

The result was the world’s first-ever “Summer Code Party.” For the past 8 weeks, people have been getting together in big and small groups for some summer learning and fun. Trying out new Webmaker projects to unleash their digital creativity, gain new skills, and planting seeds for a more web literate world.

Thanks to you, the experiment has already been a huge success. Since the party kicked off on June 23, you have successfully run…

  • more than 600 Summer Code Party events with
  • 4,250 participants spread across
  • 77 different countries!

And the party keeps on rolling. As we head into the party’s final month, there are events planned for Berlin, Cairo, India, the Netherlands, Colorado and Sioux City — to name just a few. Many of you will be hosting special “theme parties” around everything from sports to superheroes to “Call Me Maybe” remixes.

And it’s all gearing up for a global grand finale on September 22 and 23.

What are we making at #MozParty?

Some of our favorites from the past month:

Gearing up for the grand finale: September 22 & 23

The Summer Code Party will wrap up with a grand finale the weekend of September 22 and 23. Let’s show the world what we made and learned together this summer, get together for demos and show and tells, and discuss what happens next.

Events are in the works at Mozilla spaces and partner venues in London, Berlin, New York, San Francisco — plus of course whatever you would like to add to the mix!

Get involved:

Check out this ABC News video on a Summer Code Party event in New York

Making Webmaker: what’s next?

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.

Who’s participating?

  • 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

Coming soon:

  • 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.

What’s next?

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.

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