It’s Almost Time!
MozFest — Mozilla’s annual hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open, global web — is about to begin.
This year’s festival, which takes place in London from October 24 – 26, will be packed with passionate technologists and creators eager to share their skills and hack on innovative digital solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.
The Web Is Vulnerable
It’s no secret that the web as a free and open public resource is under threat. Governments and corporations are vying for control, leaving web users across the globe struggling to protect not only their own personal online security, but the integrity of the Internet as a whole. As billions more people come online in the next decade thanks to affordable mobile technologies, is their web going to be open or closed? Decentralized or controlled? Will they be passive consumers or empowered creators? More and more people are realizing we need to step in and save the web, but that’s only going to happen if more of us are fighting.
Together We Are Strong
The good news is that hundreds of thousands of people, organizations and communities around the world are eager to help with this mission. MozFest is about imagining how we can work together. How can citizens of the web in communities around the world be empowered to take action? MozFest participants will tackle these challenges not just by talking about them, but by building new ways to teach and engage everyone in making the web together.
Hacking Practical Solutions
MozFest is where people who love the open web collaborate to envision how it can do more, and do better. The motto of the festival is Less Yack, More Hack which results in a focus on identifying current challenges and developing practical solutions. This year, MozFest will feature 11 themed tracks:
- The Mobile Web
- Policy & Advocacy
- Community Building
- Build and Teach the Web
- Open Web With Things
- Source Code for Journalism
- Science and the Web
- Art and Culture of the Web
- Open Badges Lab
- Hive Learning Networks
- Musicians and Music Creators on the Open Web
Scores of individual sessions will be held as part of each track. Here’s just a taste of the sessions participants will be hacking:
- How the next 1 billion internet users will bring their online ideas to life
- Helping 10 million young people become digitally literate
- Design your first mobile app
- Hacking the gender gap
- Using badges to support the delivery of the new computing curriculum
- User privacy and security on the web
- Let’s build an unbreakable internet
- Making open web a part of the curriculum
- I was born with the web – 25 under 25
- How to get into the correct amount of trouble online
Our aim this year is to showcase and develop best practices for community leadership. Join us in discovering how distributed organizing and sharing skills through teaching and learning can build a web filled with opportunity for all!