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March 12th, 2013
Roll Call. Who’s here?
 (please add yourself to this list)

  • Ross Bruniges
  • @OpenMatt
  • @eknight
  • Emily @emgollie
  • Kate @k88hudson
  • rebeccah @ModReplica
  • mari @marimoreshead
  • Gunner (@allengunn)
  • Malcolm @(Rafiki Int)3
  • Supergreen Pomax (@TheRealPomax) Supagreen
  • Sayak (@sayak_sarkar)
  • Emma (@sunnydeveloper)
  • @mjschranz
  • Doug (@dajbelshaw)
  • Chris Larry @chrislarry33
  • Michelle @thornet
  • Hsing @hsingy
  • Ashlee
  • Laura Hilliger (@epilepticrabbit)
  • Jacob @futuresoup
  • Sean @sheap
  • Lainie @lainiedecoursy @hivelearningnyc @mozteach
  • Erin Kissane (@kissane)
  • Kathryn Meisner (@kathrynmeisner)
  • @iamjessklein
  • Chris Appleton @chris_appleton
  • Erica @ericajanes
  • Will @willbarkis
  • chloe @varelidi
  • @benjaminsimon
  • Angela Plohman
  • @msurman
  • jp (@jdotp)
  • Geoffrey @taliesan
  • @leahatplay
  • Scott
  • mike larsson @stenington
  • @bevangelist
  • @dethe
  • beatrice
  • Pascal (Finette)
  • Kevin Turner (
  • Jonathan Lin @jlin
  • @ryanmerkley
  • @soletelee

  • Paula Le Dieu
WELCOME! Introductions & new team members
Any first-timers here? :) Say hello! (and maybe add your name? ;)

  • Hi, Kio from OpenNews here! @kiostark
  • And Erin, also from OpenNews. Hi!
  • Sean @sheap
  • Clint @clintlalonde

Weekly Update

STANDING ITEM: What’s the coolest thing you saw on the web this week?
Round up of last week’s “Webmaker Hotlist,” created by this group:

(please add!) 
Boss LadyA badass music video made entirely of stock video footage (language warning) From Evan Roth, the pioneer behind Graffitti Analysis project
Favorite animated GIFs. What’s your favorite animated GIF? We asked Mozillians — and got back a TON. Two compendiums of what’s come in so far: are veritable gold mines! (DB)
Dancing Jazz Kitten. Yup, mesmerizing. 
“How We Made Snowfall.” This one’s a bit dated — but if you’re curious about how the NYT made their wildly popular HTML5-powered interactive story, this is a great resource.
Physics Comics. Mike Larsson’s high school comic about phsyics
MysteryGuitarMan. Who is he? I guess we’ll never know.
Visualizing Webmaker personas. From Parsons Designing Webmaker Futures course
Webmaker Tumblr. Yup, it’s approaching 100,000 followers…. 


Open Badges 1.0 
Release at DML Conference, March 14  (Erin) (5 mins)


DML Conference Overview (all this week) (5 mins) (Mark S)

  • Links and context: 
    • Some Mozilla goals for DML:
      • 1. Everyone is aware and excited about our ‘Making 2 Learn’ message.
      • 2. DML insiders understand Mozilla’s projects and how they can plug in (Badges, Hive, Campaign).
    • 3. Core set of partners for Webmaker + M2L campaigns lined up and excited.
    • From etherchat: is “Making 2 Learn” official way of writing the theme now?
      • No. 
      • vs. “make to learn” / “making as learning” / “making is learning”, etc.

  • How to Get Involved
    • Come join Badges and Hive at the DML Science Fair Thursday night. Motivation: 7 Bars.

Chicago Summer of Learning initiative launch (Erin) (2 mins)

  • Links and context: 
    • What is this?
      • More than 100 organizations across the city of Chicago have joined forces  to  integrate learning into summer activities for youth of all ages in every Chicago neighborhood with the idea of continuing learning   throughout the summer and connecting it back into the classroom in the fall. 
    • How does this relate back to us? 
      • Open Badges is the badge partner for the city of Chicago. We’ll be helping   orgs design and implement their badge systems and develop a website to   encourage discovery of learning programs for students and parents. 
    • Mayor Emmanual will be making an announcement in an hour!
    • Chris McAvoy will be on-site at the launch! 

    • Can you use badges you earn over the summer for school credit in the fall?
      • That’s the goal. Still working out details.
      • How can local Mozillians help out?
        • If there are local Mozillians in Chicago that want to help out, shoot me an email – that’s VERY exciting!!

  • How to Get Involved

Webmaker Update (Kate Hudson) (8 mins)


Hive Toronto Update – Kathryn Meisner  (5 mins)

  • Links and context: 
    • Since joining a month ago…
    • Some makes from the pop-up: 
    • Had our first Hive member meetup to discuss the past year and what the next 12 months are looking like
    • Hive Pop-Up in Waterloo on family day spearheaded by Sean Yo 
    • Working with Mini Maker Faire Toronto to have a Hive presence 
    • Spoke at sxswEDU about breaking down walls between school and the community 
      • BIG interest in Hive, several ppl asking how to start one in their city 
      • Met Hive Pittsburg ppl, Beatrice from Hive NYC, Doug, Sunny and Emily from open badges
    • Up next:                                   
      • DML
      • Possible space pop-up with the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
      • Leah from Hive NYC leads Hive Toronto member design charette Yay!
An email from a fall pop-up participant:
“I learned scratch at the hive pop-up in October. I loved scratch alot. I have learned so much from the hive pop-ups This is completely a dream come true. I have now made a few games but i hope to make alot more. thank you for organising the hive pop-ups. there is a wedding game for my uncle, a scrolling test, a first game and a star wars game (not done), and an anti bullying game witch is very hard.


    • In terms of applying what you learned so far from Hive Toronto to new chapters that want to start around the world… 
      • what’s the biggest “a ha” moment? obstacle? 
        • bringing people together who are doing things off on their own in little corners in ways that can help them reach more youth and other non-profits = win.
  • How to Get Involved:

OpenNews Learning (Kio Stark & Erin Kissane) (5 mins)


Reps Training Days for Webmaker, 
Launching (Michelle, Laura. 5min)

Parson School of Design Course: Designing Webmaker Futures (Hsing Wei) (5 Minutes) 

  • Links and context: 
    • 50% grad, 50% undergrad, 50% international
    • Again, can we tie this in with the Web Literacy standard work? 🙂 can you? They’re a great group of students very open to feedback. I’m sure they’d love a skype in Absolutely. 🙂
      •  hsing contacted me (jess)- since they iterated a bit on the user stories that I made, I think that would be a great first tie in with the Web Literacy work.    Awesome.
    • How to Get Involved
    • The students had these questions, can we provide crowdsourced responses:
      • “Why did we immediately accept Mozilla’s stance that everyone should be a  webmaker when the question of if they should or should not is still not  answered?”
        • Who is the we in this sentence? Re: Yes they mean the class. The students themselves/the class? (yes these are from students) or is this about a critique of Mozilla using a global voice?
        • Talking about “what is a Webmaker”: “web literate world” vs. asking everyone to “learn to code” which did they find to be more useful?
      • “The mission of a web literate world is easy to understand, the goal of focusing on turning everyone into a webmaker is less clear.  If make-to learn is about learning to code, what are some of the arguments as to why that’s important?” 
        • how did they respond to mozilla manifesto? maybe we need a webmaker one? +1
      • “To  achieve the goal of everyone as webmaker, does mozilla need to help all  types and capacities? only beginners or shy people, or people who might  not consider themselves makers? or also eager maker?” Do
      • “Why  is the remix so central to everything about Webmaker? Have they  considered that some people may not easily find their way into webmaking  by tinkering as a first step?” Great point. 
      • “Is  the remix the right approach? A remix could prove too limiting to those  who come to Webmaker with the drive to create something of their own.” 
      • “As  the web is right now more an exploring platform than a creating one, if  everybody start creating their own things on the web can make more  difficult for the others the exploring part of the web?”
Communications Update (Erica) 

  • GameOn Winner announcement coming today! 
  • Open badges launch in Chicago at DML – yay! 


Winning designs for WebDev Open Badges announced:

  • Badges for WebDev contributors will be available next Monday
    • These are the first MoCo-issued badges. SUMO, Student Reps, and Engagement badges to follow this spring.
    • If you’re interested in designing and issuing badges for your community, please reach emily[at]
Web Literacy standard online gathering this Thursday LIVE from the DML Conference at 12pm CT / 1pm ET / 5pm GMT


  • Hi everyone! I want to start teaching a Webmakers class in San Francisco Bay Area and the Silicon Valley this April. I’d like to teach Webmakers to students from Year Up, which is an IT business/trade school, alumni, as well as community members. If anyone has any ideas/feedback, they’d be gratefully appreciated. I’ve started a google doc for anyone who is interested in taking a glance with some more details. Anyone curious? Contact me, I need your help: IRC: ashlee in #dcops
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