Just in time for the holidays, we give you Issue 6 of the Webmaker’s Hottest series fresh off the press, your friendly community showcase of the most inspiring and irresistible-to-remix creations by makers around the world, displayed on the Webmaker Gallery. This week, we crawled through hundreds of Mozfest and holiday makes to find our 12 final gallery features — and believe us, it wasn’t easy!
This time around, the theme has two parts. Part one is about a festival that is very close to everyone’s heart in the community – the Mozilla Festival — and part two is about a “festivus” to celebrate the time of year we are in, as snow falls outside our windows and we prepare to spend quality time with those we love at home.
At the fourth-ever Mozilla festival this autumn, we saw nearly 1,500 open web enthusiasts descend upon London’s shores to spend an amazing three days building, hacking, and brainstorming hundreds of new projects and ideas together to build the web we want. It felt like a true celebration, and we are still smiling from the happy glow of participants’ accomplishments. And we’re also smiling about something else this month – the festive winter season ahead of us! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Kwanzaa, the Chinese New Year, Malkh, Ano Novo, Chahar Shanbeh Suri or Newtonmas, it is definitely time for some more celebration!
So, to ring in the festivals of last year, and prepare for those yet to come, we have put together a concoction of festival-themed makes sure to delight. Here are details on each of the 12 featured Webmaker Gallery makes and the communities and mentors who built them:
- From Webmaker Fellow and creative technologist Stephen Fortune out of Ireland, a skilled glitch remix of the infamous Jurrasic Park line “Ah Ah Ah, You Didn’t Say the Magic Word!” created on a green screen at Mozfest;
- Also from Mozfest, a remixable teaching kit on how to tell stories entirely in animated gifs, brought to us by Canada’s FabSpaces;
- From webmaker rockhermit at an Hour of Code event, a hilarious “Holipocalypse” interactive greeting card about bringing a bit of horror (and a massive monster cat) to the holidays;
- From webmaker juliamac, a chuckle-inducing Socially Awkward Holiday Penguin invitation created at another Hour of Code event in NYC;
- From community activist Steph Guthrie, a remixable teaching kit to get more girls involved in technology, created with a Build and Teach the Web scrumboard team at Mozfest;
- From webmaker estercastro, a colourful interactive greeting card to say “Feliz Ano Novo” in style (Creative Commons thumbnail image thanks to photographer Felipe Rebiero);
- Again from the creative insanity of the video and gif-making greenscreen team at Mozfest, a “Foxy Redux” video remake of the infamous song “What Does the Fox Say” featuring the Mozilla Firefox himself (here‘s a sneak preview of the creative process in action!);
- From the National Writing Project’s Christina Cantrill, a wonderful poetry animation starter make created at Mozfest that brings poems to life with a bit of code;
- From Hive NYC’s Julia Vallera, an interactive Christmas card featuring an adorable holiday bunny;
- From the talented team at Wreck and Salvage, a video all about Fungal Surfing created along with many other crazy and wonderful mashup creations at Mozfest, including an “Attenborrowed” Miley Cyrus remix which got over 178K views on Vimeo alone;
- And lastly, a fun reverse-engineered digital story entitled “I Always Wanted a Cat” created by educator Peter Kittle at Mozfest.
Don’t forget that each of these featured makes are ready to be remixed — you can hack them now by clicking “Remix” on the top right-hand side of each make. We’d like to give a last big thanks to all the talented makers, from to Helsinki to Brooklyn to Mexico City, for their wonderful festival creations.
Good tidings to all, and to all a good night — and until the New Year, we’ll see you on the wild web!