Webmaker TLDR: what's up with Webmaker this week?

TLDR = your handy micro-summary of what’s happening with Mozilla Webmaker this week, and how to get involved

Webmaker in 2013

What’s the plan for Webmaker this year? Make it a product loved by makers and mentors. Check out Mark Surman’s slide presentation:

New Webmaker prototypes: video editing in the cloud, Thimble + Popcorn integration, killer slide shows + more

Brett Gaylor’s mega-post show off some exciting early ideas and exciting new prototypes for webmakers:

  1. Video editing with Popcorn Maker: think video editing in the cloud. Paste in any You Yube, HTML5 or Soundcloud media. Slice and dice it on the Popcorn Maker timeline. Then publish as one seamless playback. Make videos on the web — without having to download, compress, edit in a desktop app, re-upload, etc. Hot!
  2. Integrating Thimble + Popcorn: Thimble and Popcorn brought together in a single interface. Learn to code while making cool interactive movies and sounds.
  3. Popcorn slide shows: Create cool slide shows with website- type “pages” or sections. Make interactive narratives, choose-your-own-adventure, hackable comics, visual novel non-linear story telling, etc.
  4. Webmaker “save for later.” Like a “gimme bar” for Webmaker. A clipping add-on that lets you grab image, text, video or html as you’re browsing the web, then pull it into a gallery and remix it with Webmaker. Shows how we could incorporate Webmaker right into Firefox.
  5. Turbo You Tube upload. Directly upload video from your camera to You Tube, all within Popcorn Maker. Makes it frictionless, rather than recording locally and uploading, or recording at You Tube and copy/pasting the URL.

Links and source code in Brett’s post. Or get more involved here.

What do Webmaker mentors need?

We want to 10x our community of instructors and mentors this year. Where do you think we should start? Here’s what 80+ interviews with current mentors told us.

Global Game Jam: Jan 25 – 27

Get excited and make games. Make games with other game designers, developers and enthusiasts around the world in a Global Game Jam spread across more than 300 locations in 63 countries.
Mozilla’s Game On Competition is sponsoring several of the events. Game On now has 39 entries in the competition and counting — from Robocybe to Slime Volley. Submit your own game entry before the Feb 24 deadline.

“Generation Open:” creating a global open source project by and for youth

“If you could make anything on the web, what would it be?”

That’s the question Moz Reps like Emma Irwin and others have been putting to kids around the world. The goal: create one of the world’s first open source projects run entirely by youth. Webmaker Mentors will help guide youth and teach them about open source contribution, with the youth defining how and what will be created. Learn more and get involved through the “GenOpen” wiki page.

More from Planet Webmaker

EOY and Yearly FR Totals

OpenNews on-boarding, ITU campaign de-brief + more.

There’s great notes and links on these in the Jan 15 Webmaker community call etherpad. Join us for next week’s call.