Sessions at Mozilla Festival 2012 about youth-mozfest on Saturday 10th November Full Festival Day

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  • (702) Alligator Clip the Internet to Your World with MaKey MaKey

    by Eric Rosenbaum

    MaKey MaKey lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's an invention kit for everyone, making creative physical computing accessible with no electronics and no programming required.

    The MaKey MaKey circuit board pretends it's a USB keyboard, but you make your own keys by alligator clipping it to objects that are at least a little bit conductive. Press the spacebar by completing a circuit when you touch a banana, your grandma, or a penny. Make a piano out of pastries, or a game controller out of play-doh.

    In this session, after a quick intro to MaKey MaKey, we'll spend our time tinkering and hacking. We'll focus on inventions that extend open source web technologies into the physical world in playful new ways.

    Beginning with a brief intro to the MaKey MaKey kit, participants will move quickly to having a chance to try it out individually or in small groups. We'll do some brainstorming together, spend most of the time hacking together crazy inventions, and then wrap up with demos and reflection.

    We will plan to have a variety of materials on hand for people to build with, including conductive materials, craft materials, and tools.

    Who should come?

    • everyone!

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage video photo

  • (703) Physical Computing The Easy Way

    by Martyn Eggleton and Waterbear

    People who have never programmed anything will become Physical Computing programmers, by using Waterbear, a drag-and-drop visual environment for programming. This allows users to write code by snapping blocks together like Legos, and to build by exploring.

    We will build Arduino powered sweet dispensers where your sweets are secured by physical passwords which we will code using Waterbear for Arduino.

    You will learn the skills to code for Arduino at home and teach your own Arduino coding workshops without typing or knowing any syntax. Waterbear for Arduino is entirely web-based, all you need is a browser that can access the website and an Ardunio.

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (706) Make an Animated GIF Comic

    by Forrest Oliphant

    Learn how to use Meemoo to hack images and turn them into animated gifs!
    We will experiment with stop motion, image filters, green screen, and other image hacks.

    Once you have animated images, you will use Thimble to make an "animated comic strip" with titles and links.

    You will start by making an animation with your face and move on to build a scene with craft materials and create a simple animation.

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (602, Webmaker Bar) Make Something Awesome with Webmaker

    by Atul Varma, c, Chris McAvoy, John Bevan, iamjessklein, Mike Larsson, Sunny Lee, Jacob Caggiano, Andrew Hayward, emgollie, Doug Belshaw, chris_appleton and Nikos Roussos

    [NOTE: This session will be happening both on Saturday and Sunday, same time, 10:30am]

    We all know how awesome the web is, and we want to show you how easy it is to become a part of it.

    Come learn to express yourself with Thimble, make an interactive video with Popcorn, or remix a web page with X-Ray Goggles. Bring your own laptop, or use the computers provided at the Webmaker Bar.

    You'll get a crash course on Webmaker tools and projects, plus the opportunity to give feedback to our team of web scientists.

    Mozilla is committed to moving millions of people from using the web to making the web. Come play with us, and stake out your own corner in the most epic human experiment ever, (the world wide web)!

    At 10:30am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (601) Designing Open Badges in the Wild

    by emgollie, Sunny Lee, Andrew Sliwinski and Doug Belshaw

    Open Badges are a relatively new concept in UK education - both formal and informal. Unlike in the US where there are a number of DML Competition-funded projects mid-way through their work, there is only one of these in the UK (Supporter2Reporter). Nevertheless, there are a number of people already doing some work in the area.

    This session will allow participants to discuss how badges might be used within a UK context, as well as facilitate partnerships and understanding between diverse organisations. We'd like to get people thinking through badge system design in their particular context(s) and have a go at creating a badge in the session itself.

    This session will be divided into two, one-hour sessions:

    _Session 1

    • Opening icebreaker activity
    • Circle of people's experiences and context
    • Overview of Open Badges and what people are doing with them - participants come up with three 'tags' for their (planned) project
    • Break into small groups based on shared interests
    • Circle with feedback from groups and further discussion
    • Preparation for Session 2

    _Session 2

    • Opening circle, welcoming new arrivals
    • Quick overview of Session 1
    • Groups start designing badge, starting with behaviours they want to promote and moving on to considering metadata to include
    • Quick break to share what groups have done so far
    • Groups finish off, including rough graphic design
    • Closing circle

    At 11:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (605) Hacktivate Youth Laboratory

    by leahatplay, Radio_Rookies, Hive Learning NYC, GlobalActionProject, MOUSE and REV-

    Team up with other teens and educators to develop materials and resources about open source concepts and making cool stuff on the web. Drop by the Youth Laboratory and get hacktivated.

    Here are some of the organizations and projects who want to work with YOU:
    * Global Action Project Mozfest Timeline—Contribute to a large paper timeline that chronicles MozFest—then help make it digital.
    * WNYC Radio Rookies—Learn some key digital reporting skills and help create DIY videos to help youth create their own digital media projects.
    * REV-/People's Production House—Learn how to become a peer educator and teach others to use and create with Popcorn Maker.
    * MOUSE—Which tools, activities, games or illustrations would you design to help teach other youth about how the web works?

    At 11:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (605) Super Heroes of Mozfest—An Exposé

    by Hive Learning NYC, REV-, GlobalActionProject, MOUSE and Radio_Rookies

    Superheroes of MozFest is a gripping three-minute video about a new species of humanoid—the Webmaker. This collaboratively-produced video montage provides insight into the webmaker’s habits, characteristics, and habitat by profiling a handful of individuals participating in MozFest, an annual gathering that attracts hominids interested in learning about, and playing with, the future of the World Wide Web.

    Join other teens from WNYC Radio Rookies, Global Action Project and REV- to remix footage from nature docs, interview characters from within the halls at Ravensbourne and help tell a story about MozFest unlike any other previously told.

    At 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage video

  • (211) App Development 101 - an All Girl App Hack

    by G Smith-Nunes

    Join an All Girl App Hack! If you are a girl interested in getting involved in almost any form of Computer Science this is the Jam for you. You'll be able to work with several female peers, developers and educators.

    We'll be using Appshed.com - an online development environment for the creation of free HTML5 (or paid for native apps)

    Bring your ideas, creativity, challenges and questions. See you there!

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (800) Build and Publish Games within the Browser

    by Play My Code

    We will show how to build a game, using our browser based tools called Play My Code. We will all start with a blank project, and slowly build it up, showing features as we go, until we have a complete game.

    We'll be encouraging students to constantly check their code to see the effect of every change, provide feedback for their programming, and discuss why one option might be better than another.

    The session will show:
    * How to create a new game from a blank slate
    * Many of the basics that make up a good game
    * Ways in which they could take this further


    • by the end of the session you will have a complete game that you can publish online
    • know how to build future games online on your own
    • understand the key concepts behind building a game, which they can apply to other languages

    Who should come?

    • As many people are welcome to join as they want. We aim to have mostly beginner and intermediate programmers; however more experienced programmers are welcome.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (904) TinkerCAD: Make 3D Models on the Web

    by Tinkercad

    Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer. We'll be designing and printing models using industrial-grade 3D printers. Come learn how to design a 3D model in the browser that's fit for printing, and then see how it gets made.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (601) Mobile Webmaking: Ideation

    by David Ascher, iamjessklein and Aaron Druck

    Learn how to code and play with mobile devices driven by the web.

    Join us to:

    • make project prototypes with real designers and developers
    • learn the fundamentals of prototyping and product design for mobile

    We'll be paper prototyping, creating thimble slideshows of participants work, user testing the prototypes. Play the App Generation Game.

    Who should come?

    • youth, designers, developers, instructors

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (606) Hacktivating Learning: Creating Projects for Webmakers

    by Doug Belshaw, Radhika Mehta Tandon and Carla Casilli

    Hacktivate now! Help design and create Webmaker Projects! We'll use Thimble projects to make simple, interest-based learning experiences that help you make something cool while teaching code and other important skills along the way.

    You can create awesome projects worth sharing on Webmaker.org, gain a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, experience building things, and become a contributor to a global learning effort.

    Bring your ideas to this session and we'll be matching you with teams of instructors and developers who can help you shape, build and submit complete projects.

    We'll learn how to prototype and build with mentors. We'll playtest our creations and demo the best of them at the closing Science Fair.

    Who should come?

    • Instructors, designers and developers
    • People excited about alternative approaches to teaching and learning, excited about webmaker
    • Webmakers of all ages!

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage note

  • (702) Coding for Everyone: Explore the Next Generation of Scratch

    by mres and MIT Media Lab

    Participants will learn to create interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations with Scratch 2.0, the next generation of the Scratch graphical-programming language. The session will focus especially on the new features of Scratch 2.0, such as:

    • responding to movements and gestures in the physical world (similar to Microsoft Kinect), using new camera-sensing programming blocks
    • cloning objects dynamically to create a wider range of games and simulations
    • storing “persistent data” in the cloud to create online surveys and high-scores lists
    • creating customized procedure blocks to abstract common coding patterns

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (703) Programming for the fun of it with Waterbear

    by Dethe Elza

    People who have never programmed a computer will become casual programmers using Javascript, by using Waterbear, a drag-and-drop visual environment for programming. This allows users to write code by snapping blocks together like Legos, and to build by exploring.

    Waterbear is entirely web-based, all you need is a browser that can access the website.

    There will be a short introduction to Waterbear and demonstration of how to drag blocks together to create a simple animation.

    You can solve a challenge, or if you would like to code your own ideas you can branch out on your own. Facilitators will be available to provide tips and help out if anyone is stuck.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (800) Down the Rabbit Hole: Transmedia Stories & Games

    by Ainsley Sutherland

    We are going to create a “rabbit hole”; where we challenge you to hack some form of media in an unexpected way that creatively leads a user into your story or game. (For example, you could create a site that places instagram photos into comic book style frames, automatically changing the narrative every time you take a photo)

    We will explore questions like:

    • What sensations are lost or changed through digital communication?
    • Compare gchatting or texting to the last time you talked to a friend for a long time in person.
    • Compare a videogame to a game of tag.


    • we'll look at creating story structures and enhancing online experiences with meaning and richness
    • we'll brainstorm media that we already use or would like to adapt
    • we'll create the first scene/intro to your story using your chosen media in an unintended way

    Who should come?

    • game developers, writers, journalists, youth, gamers of all kinds, people interested in remixing transmedia

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (804) The Art of the One Button Cardboard Arcade (Part 1: the Content)

    by kaho abe and syed salahuddin

    Part 1: the Content

    Go ahead - Press the Button!

    We will begin by presenting cool examples of one button games that were built with in a short period of time for inspiration, then we'll cover the idea of making games for cabinets.. Participants will then be asked to break up into groups, and to make their own one button game.

    In order to accommodate a wide range of participants with varying skills, we will make available tools to create games and even games that only require hacking and modding in Scratch.


    • Shared cabinet making specs and instructions
    • Multiple Game & Cabinet Jams taught by session attendees
    • Carboard Arcades galore!

    Who should come?

    • This is a session for both youth and adults, and we encourage younger participants to sign up with their guardians.

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (602, Webmaker Bar) Telling It Like It Is: Interactive Radio For The Web

    by Radio_Rookies, Courtney Stein, c and Nikos Roussos

    We want to show the world how to use Webmaker tools like Popcorn Maker to bring radio style content to life on the web. With Popcorn Maker, you can combine the intimate experience of audio journalism with a layer of interactivity using maps, images, web pages, and annotations to learn more about the stories you are listening to.

    Radio Rookies produces excellent audio programming.


    • A better understanding of audio storytelling for the web, and inspiration to make great stories that don't require video.

    Who should come?

    • youth, educators, storytellers, media makers, radio lovers, audiophiles

    Session notes: http://etherpad.mozilla.org/radi...

    At 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (706) LiveCodeLab

    by sketchPatch

    Participants will learn to use the LiveCodeLab livecoding environment (a section of the sketchPatch site, made by the sketchPatch team) at http://www.sketchpatch.net/labs/... They will make their own livecode performance and show it to the audience.

    They'll produce cool graphics.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage photo photo

  • (602, Webmaker Bar) Open Hack Jam

    by Nikos Roussos, popcornjs, c and Jacob Caggiano

    We’re going to make Webmaker projects on the spot!

    Join our hack-ready media lab environment: Computers, headphones, internet, and power outlets for those who have their own machines.

    We'll have webmaker gurus onsite to support and inspire your makery.

    We'll also be serving Popcorn to eat.


    • Walk away with better chops and give our team of web scientists a better understanding of the user experience
    • You'll become a contributor to the Webmaker ecosystem, and gain a better understanding of why becoming a 'maker' on the open web is so important

    Who should come?

    • Media Makers, Artists, Musicians, UX designers, Educators, Prima Donnas

    Session notes: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/mak...

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

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