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