As many of you know, last week we hosted our annual Mozilla Festival in London; an event that spans three days with talks, sessions, workshops, and activities designed to question and promote the open internet. Each floor in the Mozfest 7-flight facility, a local college called Ravensbourne, hosted a “space” themed around a topic that Mozilla is passionate about, including “Open Science” on the 9th floor.
In three days, we curated tables at the opening Science Fair party, hosted over 65 sessions related to open science practice and projects, and coordinated multiple games, shared-space talks, and evening adventures to get our fabulous community of leaders engaged with everything Mozilla supports.
Festivities and Fanfare
To partner with these themes, we also hosted continuous activities related to brain science, including the build-your-own-brain hat activity, and our brain game raffle which invited participants to explore all floors of Mozfest, in search of stickers that represented the function of each brain lobe. We selected winners who will benefit from cool Science Lab swag, comics, and books about Open Science.
From our Fellows
Our Open Science Fellows helped with curating our floor activities, giving excellent sessions on their research and projects, as well as participating in a lightning talk series with all attending Mozilla Fellows on the Journalism floor, to rave reviews (see below).
From our Leaders
Last February, after our Working Open Workshop, we mentored a cohort of 20+ community members building projects and Study Groups in the lead-up to our June Global Sprint. Those leaders are now contributing to our MozOpenLeaders program, part of our greater Mozilla Leadership Network and initiative to bring our community beyond open science toward all open aspects of Mozilla’s mission. Abby Cabunoc-Mayes, the pilot of this program, ran an Open Leadership Table on the 9th floor of Mozfest dedicated to supporting these leaders, and to continuing conversation through our network match game.
Just to name a few:
* Nerdcator, a crowdsourced travelogue of nerdy places made great strides soliciting locations for their session and cribbed some Leaflet.js tips from Joey Lee’s GeoSandbox! Nerdcator was also selected for a table during the Mozfest Demo party, and you can read more in Egle’s wrap-up post here.
* GOSH!, a CERN project on Gathering for Open Science Hardware, led a great session with Jenny Molloy on how to plan such events and sustain them, concluding with an epic visual roadmap of more magic to come!
Learn more about that last one on our Friday Study Group call, all participants welcome! Add your name to the etherpad here and join us Friday at 11am EST for even more fun recaps of Mozfest!
Likewise, check out Network Pulse for all updated projects created and collaborated on throughout the festival, and submit more if you have them! Be sure to check out some of our excellent facilitators’ blogs:
* Caitlin McDonald‘s Connecting the Dots: Network Analysis for Organizational Value
Looking forward to a fabulous future Mozfest and more answers to this amazing question about the Brain. Hint: “temporal” :).