Mar 09

Open Art Project: Firefox

"Marker on Paper"

“Marker on Paper”

Zach Carter, one of our Campus Reps, attended the Engineering Expo 2009 at the University of South Florida a couple of weeks ago. As many of our reps do, he decided to setup a booth to spread Firefox on his campus.

The College of Engineering was hosting the expo and Zach decribed it as “a college level science fair, including tons of robots, cars, Tesla coils and other engineered eye candy”. However, he decided to skip the robots and focus on art.

You might be thinking, “Art at a science fair?”… yes, that’s right. Many attendees knew about Firefox, but very few knew that it was an open source product.  Some of them didn’t understand what “open source” meant, so Zach took the creative approach to educate them through his “Open Art Project”.

In the absence of robots, I wanted to present something that could capture the attention of the kids and be accessible to them, but also teach something valuable. The idea for them to collaborate on art rather than source code formed from this. – Zach

What a simple, yet effective way to tackle one of challenges many of us in the Mozilla community have from time to time… explaining what “open source” really means.

Thanks Zach for the inspiration!

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