A Note from Mark Surman, Mozilla’s Executive Director

This October marks our eighth MozFest. It’s also our most ambitious one yet — more than ever, the movement for a healthy Internet needs a place to convene, organize and act.

At its start, MozFest — then called Drumbeat and nestled in Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art — featured a small band of hackers and makers.

Since that 2010 gathering, MozFest has grown significantly. In size, yes — but more importantly, in scope. In 2011, the festival turned its attention to digital media, welcoming journalists and newsroom coders into the fold. In 2013, we focused on web literacy, inviting educators from around the world to craft tools and curricula for teaching the web. And in 2016, we talked about digital inclusion: who isn’t unlocking opportunity online, why that is, and what we can do to fix it.

This is an evolution that mirrors the growth of the Internet health movement. Today, the concept of Internet health reaches far beyond the realm of open source code: it’s linked to civil liberties and public policy, free expression and inclusion. Discussions about the state of the web include engineers, but now also teachers, lawmakers, community organizers and artists.

This is a positive and heartening development. It’s also a necessary one. The Internet is layered into our lives like we never could have imagined. Access is no longer a luxury — it’s a fundamental part of 21st century life. A virus is no longer a nuisance consigned to a single terminal — it’s an existential threat that can disrupt hospitals, governments and entire cities.

The movement for a healthy Internet is primed to address these problems. But we need a hub to trade ideas, find inspiration, swap code and build solutions.

MozFest is that hub.

Our sessions, speakers and workshops are built to foster collaboration across disciplines, borders and continents. We’re ready to face the biggest issues of the day — from fake news and online harassment to global cyberattacks — together, with an eye toward practical, open source solutions.

The challenges we’re facing are sizable. But we’re prepared to roll up our sleeves and address them head on in London — then return to our communities, classrooms and computers, better equipped to defend the Internet as a global public resource.

See you there,
—Mark Surman

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The eighth annual MozFest will be held in London, from Friday, Oct. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 29. MozFest is an annual celebration of the open Internet movement. It's where passionate technologists, educators, and makers come together to explore the future of the open Web.

In 2016, we highlighted how the Internet movement’s boldest, most game-changing ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. We examined how issues like Web literacy, online privacy and encryption are relevant across the globe, and address challenges faced by people who don't yet feel they are welcome on the Web.
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training leaders
In 2015, we focused on leadership, advocacy and impact. We placed a particular emphasis on training tomorrow's leaders, empowering participants to make a positive difference on the Web, and working toward universal web literacy.
a free web
At MozFest 2014, nearly 1,700 participants from more than 50 countries came together to improve art, science, journalism, music, education and more on the open Web. We hosted hundreds of diverse sessions with a single guiding principle: keeping the Web wild and free.
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hands on learning
Learning through building was a key theme at MozFest 2013. We shared our passion for the open Web by creating and teaching as a community. And the venue sprang to life with DIY signage, sessions and after-parties.
building and making
In 2012, MozFest was all about making. The event’s opening-day Science Fair highlighted participants’ innovative creations. And we made and hacked awesome projects about gaming, mobile, privacy and the Internet of Things.
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settling in london
In 2011, MozFest relocated to London with a sharpened focus: media, freedom and the Web. Participants lent their passion and creativity to improve journalism and digital storytelling on the open Web. We established a dedicated space for youngsters to learn and make. And we built on the infectious community spirit first ignited in Barcelona.
the beginning
MozFest was born in Barcelona. Originally named "Drumbeat," the festival convened a community of people dedicated to learning, freedom and the open Web. The inaugural event hosted 350 participants — and together, we wrote a book titled “Learning Freedom and the Web.
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