Brett Gaylor launching Popcorn Maker at the Mozilla Festival this morning
Today at the Mozilla Festival, we’re extremely proud to launch the 1.0 version of Popcorn Maker, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web.
Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser.
The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each time you watch them.
The Popcorn Maker story
“Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box,” says Mozilla’s Director of Popcorn, Brett Gaylor. “Popcorn Maker changes that, making video work like the rest of the web: hackable, linkable, remixable, and connected to the world around it.”
“But until now, the power of Popcorn has been available mostly just to developers,” Brett says. “Popcorn Maker puts that power in everyone’s hands, through an intuitive interface anyone can use. We’re really excited to see what the world will make with it.”
A new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills
Mozilla’s Erin Knight launching Webmaker badges today — with the help of a young webmaker who just earned her first badge.
Today at the Mozilla Festival in London, we’re extremely proud to announce the launch of new Mozilla Webmaker badges. Webmaker badges are an exciting new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills. They’re free, fun, and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission to create a more web literate world.
Learning by making
Mozilla’s new Webmaker program makes it easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go. Now with Mozilla Webmaker badges, they can earn recognition and public proof for those skills as well. As users complete projects on Webmaker.org – like creating web pages, animated GIFs, or learning the fundamentals of programming — they can earn digital badges linked to their identity. This provides a lasting record of their skills and achievements, and shows off their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers, backed by Mozilla.
The initial set of badges now available through Webmaker.org
Building a new generation of digital creators
“Digital literacy is to the 21st century what reading, writing and math were to the 20th century — vital to creativity, empowerment and economic opportunity,” says Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning at Mozilla. “Webmaker badges provide an exciting new way for people to teach and learn these skills, displaying what they know and unlocking opportunities in the real world.” This first set of Webmaker badges focuses on introductory skills like HTML and CSS. More advanced badges will follow. Webmaker badges are powered by OpenBadges, Mozilla’s free, open source software that makes it easy for anyone to issue and manage badges across the web.
If you’re having trouble with one network, please try another. Different users are getting different results, depending on where they are in the building.
One Mozilla is a portable, onsite import brought to you by the Air Mozilla team. The signal is stronger in the centre of the building, and weaker towards the corners.
Network: One Mozilla Password: #mozfest
Ravensbourne has provided four wifi options for use throughout the building. To encourage signal balance, we suggest selecting accounts by location:
Floors 1-3: Network: eduroam User Name: RGuest001@rave.ac.uk Password: mozilla1
Floors 4-6: Network: eduroam User Name: RGuest002@rave.ac.uk Password: mozilla2
Floors 7-9: Network: eduroam User Name: RGuest003@rave.ac.uk Password: mozilla3
If all else fails, please try RaveGuest. Note that you’ll need to sign up for an account. And make sure the little check box is checked!
Network: RaveGuest Password: Created by you.
Connect via ethernet cable
Ethernet is available throughout the building. Find an ethernet port. Your best bet are the sockets in the floor — many of the ethernet sockets in the tables have been disconnected. Once you connect the ethernet cable, you may be prompted for a quick step-by-step automated download to access the network.
NOTE: When prompted, hit “PROCEED ANYWAY.”
Then enter username “rguest001,” “rguest002,” “rguest003″ or “rguest005.”
The password is the same as for the Eduroam networks listed above.
How’s it going?
Got questions, ticks or tips? Please share through #MozFest or #MozHelp.
Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust announce new digital literacy partnership in the UK
Today, on the eve of the Mozilla Festival in London, Mozilla is proud to announce a new partnership aimed at spreading digital literacy in the UK. Mozilla together with Nesta and Nominet Trust are creating a new fund and umbrella group focused on teaching digital making, web literacy and tech. Our goal: build a “big tent” in the UK, and invite other organizations and community groups to join us. Together we’re offering financial support, shared resources, and the opportunity to collaborate and learn together. £225,000 are available in the first round of funding to help support organizations and community groups working on digital making in the UK.
Tackling the digital literacy gap
Why now? We believe digital skills and webmaking are vital 21st century skills, the fourth pillar to reading, writing and arithmetic. But we face a serious challenge in making this a reality in the UK and around the world: there’s a digital literacy “gap.” Youth and digital natives increasingly know how to consume with technology, but lack the skills and knowledge they need to create with it. When it comes to the web, we’re at risk of teaching an entire generation how to read, but not how to write.
New survey results
This is borne out by new survey data from a YouGov poll of UK parents and youth, commissioned by Mozilla:
67% of British 8 – 15 year olds say they’re interested in learning to program and write computer code. But only 3% are currently being given the opportunity to do so.
60% of British parents say they would like their children to learn about coding.
Parents now place digital literacy amongst their top four educational priorities, alongside English, Mathematics, and Science.
That’s why a diverse group of partners are coming together to tackle this challenge, in a fresh new way that stresses creativity and learning by making. That’s the driving ethos behind our Mozilla Webmaker program, and why Mozilla is excited to work with local educators and partner organizations in the UK and around the world.
“By equipping children and young people with the necessary skills early on, we can help them not just to use and consume digital technologies but also to create them – to be Digital Makers,” says Geoff Mulgan, chief executive at Nesta.
Annika Small, CEO at Nominet Trust, says “These skills of content creation, collaboration and communication are vital if young people are to cope with — and contribute to — a rapidly changing, complex global society. The Digital Makers fund is designed to recognise and encourage the development of these critical digital skills both in the classroom and outside school.”
“This is just the beginning,” says Mozilla’s Executive Director, Mark Surman. “The major call to action is: join us. We’ll be working together on details and next steps at this weekend’s Mozilla Festival, a literal example of our ‘big tent’ in action.” To learn more or get involved in the UK, please get in touch here. Or if you’re interested in our digital literacy work around the world, get involved at webmaker.org.
Check out this great video from the MIT Media Lab on everything they’re doing at the Mozilla Festival. Joi Ito, Mitch Resnick and the entire MIT Media Lab team will be here this weekend.
“At the heart of our work lies the spirit of making and connecting. Technologies developed at the Media Lab help people connect with their interests, with other people, and with powerful ideas — all of which makes them better makers.” – MIT Media Lab
Imagine if anyone could remix any game, using the open web as one giant gaming console? Want to replace that zombie’s face with a picture of your dog? Go right ahead, using HTML and other open web elements as the ultimate “level editor.”
The web as an open gaming platform for the world
“Hackable Games” is all about inviting the world to make, remix and share games on the web. Together we’re exploring the web as an open gaming platform for the world, and using games to stretch the limits of what modern web browsers can do.
If you head on up to the top floor at Ravensbourne, you’ll find yourself in the mystical place known as the Webmaker Floor. This floor houses almost all of the Building Webmaker sessions, as well as the Hacktivate Learning zone, which is where a bunch of really smart people will be figuring out how to teach this stuff and scale our reach.
The Webmaker Floor is also the home to the Maker Bar, and some fun lounge-y, hang-out-with-the-designers areas as well. We’ll have some ambient hack zones too, like a project idea board where you can put up starter project topics or ideas that you’d like to see. Plus a huge hackable web literacy skills grid that you can post questions and suggestions directly on.
There are also sessions and activities relevant to Webmaker happening on the other floors as well.
Note: this image is not completely updated — we are still working with the configuration of the teaching studios. But it gives you an idea of all the energy that will be happening at any given time on the Webmaker Floor.
Get your hands dirty at the Maker Bar
The Maker Bar will be a great place make awesome stuff during the Festival. We’ll have some programming there to kickstart your creative juices, but its mostly about coming and using Thimble, Popcorn Maker, the X-ray Goggles or a tool of your choice to make something and share it. BYOL(aptop) or use some of the computers we’ll have set up there. Check out all of the starter projects to see some ideas on what to make.
The couches next to the Bar will feature some of our designers and product folk at various times across the two days for some one-on-one user testing and deep dive feedback sessions. See you there!
The web is no longer just a way to push sounds and images through a little square box. HTML5 and new “web-native” experiences are creating whole new ways to remix and share movies, stories and sound.
“Audio, Video and the Web“ is mashing up radio, movies and and the web’s next dimension. Try out our new Popcorn Maker app. Or Re-invent radio, broadcast from your bedroom, become a HOW TO video wizard, help write a Web-Native Cinema Manifesto and more.
The Big Idea: Build a big tent for everyone teaching the web
We’re in the early stages of building a Mozilla Webmaker program for educators called Hacktivate Learning. In 2013, Mozilla will be engaging people who are dedicated to teaching and learning with the web. If you are motivated to teach something to others or help people learn, you are an educator.
We’re creating a big tent for parents, librarians, engineers, after-school coordinators, artists, young people and teachers of all stripes and disciplines, from all over the world. Our inaugural event for this is the 2012 Mozilla Festival. For educators, MozFest will be a learning lab, a gathering of tribes and a test run for what we want to build and learn together.
At MozFest, we are asking educators who are motivated by the concept of the “4th R”, web literacies, an open ethos, and the Webmaker mission, to help further conceptualize and design how we will Hacktivate Learning!
MozFest’s brief history has been fertile and productive. In the past two years, programs, projects and movements like Webmaker, X-Ray Goggles, Popcorn, Open Badges and the Hive Learning Network have all been designed, hacked on, developed, discussed and launched.
The spirit of the festival is gritty and inventive, and there is a roll up your sleeve-ness that is contagious. It is our goal to map this same vibe, to provide a space and theme that supports and produces innovative ways for educators to use the web to reach their varied learning goals.
The Challenge: Create 15 new resources for teaching digital skills.
Together, can we create 15 new resources to share with a growing Webmaker educator network?
The Plan: Gather at MozFest. Then take on the world.
Starting with the Hacktivating Educators in 2013 and Beyond session at MozFest, we invite motivated educators to collaboratively set the agenda for the Hacktivate Learning theme. Participants will have an opportunity to quickly present (three minutes or less) their projects, prototypes and half-baked ideas to the group. Then, we’ll set an agenda to make sure everyone can find answers to their questions, collaborators to build projects or prototypes with, and generally set the stage for catalyzing the Hacktivator community.
After we’ve set some goals and proposed some sessions for the agenda, we’ll roll into the Educator as Hacktivator Design Jam. We’ll develop new approaches to teaching and learning on the web and envision prototypes, frameworks and projects to fuel interest-based learning. Through ideation and collaboration, we’ll create paper prototypes and designs for things we want to build and/or prototype over the weekend.
Photo Credit: Angela Jimenez
On Saturday afternoon, there will be a variety of sessions across overall festival themes, and those that are relevant to Hacktivate Learning will be tagged as such. For those hacktivators who have had their breakthrough idea early in the day, space will be provided to continue working, playing and building. Staff and volunteers will be available to guide participants to interesting sessions both within the Hacktivate Learning theme as well as throughout the festival.
On Sunday morning, we will pull inspiration from ideas and designs that came out of the Saturday design session and begin the Educator as Hacktivator Prototyping Jam. Designers, educators and developers will come together to hack on prototypes and build out learning pathways, frameworks, projects and tools. People with ideas and designs will unite their designs, copy, metadata and code into fully functional prototypes that help learners gain valuable web literacy skills and help educators teach them.
Photo Credit: Angela Jimenez
Then comes lunch again. Lunch is good.
Sunday afternoon, we will create and playtest new, real-world activities for educators to use in face-to-face learning situations. Participants in the Design and Build a Hacktivity session will have the opportunity to build new learning activities or hack existing ones. We’ll also collectively add our new resources, prototypes, tools and hacktivities to this wiki.
The Result: share what we made. Then invite others to hack and build with them.
Sunday evening we will cull together what we have built and get excited to share it out with the MozFest community at the closing session. Then we party! Partying is good.
And then? Our resource wiki will be available for the whole world to access and begin spreading web literacies within their communities, and we’ll continue to share our learnings and solicit more hacktivators to join our network. For now, we hope to see you in London as we embark on this journey, and stay tuned for more to come.
The Mozilla Festival is a celebration of the creative power of the web, and an open invitation to help build the future of the Internet. This begs some big questions: what kind of a connected society do we want to live in? What sorts of things must we do now to create that future? And, what sorts of paths must we avoid?
These are far-ranging and important conversations that we think should happening everywhere and with the participation of everyone. This year at Mozfest, we’re thrilled to be convening a meeting intended to spark the beginning of an ongoing global discussion about the Internet we want to see in fifty years and beyond.
Presenting The Open Internet Preservation Society (OIPS), a team of some of the most brilliant thinkers, makers and participants that Mozilla has had the pleasure to encounter in our work around the world. Hosted by Mitchell Baker and Joi Ito, participants will include:
And many more to come!
On November 9th in London – they’ll be tackling three different scenarios for a future Internet envisioned by science fiction authors Cory Doctorow, Daniel Suarez and Hannu Rajaniemi. While the stories are speculative, the issues they deal with are real. OIPS will contend with a future with a billion more coders, an Internet divided up and fragmented by governments, and the future of data and influence online. They’ll be charting a path forward – and thinking through the public policies, practices and technologies that will shape those futures.
We’re planning on attacking these scenarios from every level, from the fate of funny cat videos online to the biggest issues around civic infrastructure and governance. More updates to come about OIPS in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more!
Join us for three days of inspired making, learning and celebration in London. Today we’re extremely proud to launch the new 2012 Mozilla Festival web site — and invite you to join usNovember 9-11 in London, UK.
“We want everyone to tap the full creative power of the web. The Mozilla Festival is a magnet for people interested in learning about — and playing with — the web’s future.” –Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla
Gathering educators, youth, coders, gamers, media-makers and you
This year’s Mozilla Festival will gather more than 800 passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. The goal: push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.
Coders, designers, journalists and educators will join with filmmakers, gamers, makers and youth from more than 40 different countries. Together they’ll participate in a series of design challenges, learning labs and fireside chats spread across four floors of the Ravensbourne design and media campus in East London.
Unlike traditional conferences, the emphasis at the Mozilla Festival is on hands-on making and collaboration — rather than passive consumption or listening to other people talk. It’s “more hack, less yack.” And a big tent for everyone — including partners, local communities and you — who shares Mozilla’s vision for a more open, web literate world.
“Technology is at the point where learners don’t just use the tools, but make the tools. This happens at places like the Mozilla Festival, where geeks and practitioners get together.”– Joi Ito, Mozilla Foundation Board Member, Director of MIT Media Lab
It’ll be from November 9 – 11 at Ravensbourne. It was a perfect venue last year, so we figured we shouldn’t mess with a good thing. If you already know you want to join, please register at the link below. If not, read on!
This year’s theme will be “Making, Freedom and the Web”, and we promise to live up to that motto with sessions focusing on making, creating and collaborating in the spirit of the open Web.
A participant said last year, “The Mozilla Festival is the best thing I attended all year — a totally amazing way to run a festival and to teach and learn!”
What it’s like:
What: A yearly festival with hundreds of passionate people exploring the Web, learning together and making things that can change the world. With the emphasis on making — the mantra of the Festival is “less yack, more hack.”
Who: Journalists, coders, filmmakers, designers, educators, gamers, makers, youth and anyone else who wants to join in the fun (you!), from all over the world. Last year, residents of more than 40 countries came.
Program: After kicking off with the opening-night Science Fair, we’ll move into two days of hands-on hacking and making, along with some keynote talks with leaders from the Web.