Sessions at Mozilla Festival 2012 about webmaker-mozfest

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Saturday 10th November 2012

  • (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

  • (212) Building Books for the Open Web

    by celinecelines, stresslimit and Prefontaine

    Books — even ebooks — are still isolated from the web. They are not yet part of the interconnected open web, in the way that websites, and even music and video already are.

    As part of the Building Webmakers track at the 2012 Mozilla Festival, we’re at the same time curating content about webmakers and demo-ing PressBooks, a platform that makes books truly part of the open web — web-native, open, collaborative, linkable and responsive to all desktop and mobile devices.

    Join us to make the Webmakers book, in real time. This session is an introduction and kick-off to the project, which will continue to evolve over the course of the festival. We’ll provide an overview of PressBooks and strategize about content and how we'll collaborate. Then off you go — attend other Webmaker sessions and contribute remotely. We’ll be working on the book throughout the weekend!

    Send an email to [mozfest@stresslimitdesign.com] to become a contributor, suggest content, or ask a question. Once you log on you can post new content or send (CC-licensed!) content from existing blogs, articles, and stories — either online or offline. Or you can help us edit: we’ll need to choose themes and chapters, and write a bit of meta text. Our goal: Create an awesome webmaker resource!

    At the end of MozFest, we’ll use PressBooks to output to EPUB and PDF. You’ll also be able to order a physical book. And we’ll be sending out copies to our top 10 contributors!


    • Learning how to integrate books directly into the web (adding links in text to link out, linking in to specific chapters, sharing on social media, etc).
    • Explore the new models of book production and publishing that are possible within the archivable, linkable semantic, and open web.
    • A great view of the latest Webmaker content!

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

    In 2. 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

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  • (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

  • (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

  • (604) Webmaker Mentors

    by Tara Tiger Brown

    You ran an awesome how-to coding event and the participants walked away with some new webmaker skills.

    Now what?

    How do we support the blossoming programmers after the event is over? Without the on-going support of a mentor or peers, new skills can be forgotten.

    Mentors encourage and support learners in their interests, help them create goals, lend an ear when it's needed and cheer them on.

    During this design challenge we'll work together to design a mentoring system (low-fi or sophisticated) to help coding event organizers mentor-match or create a webmaker club for on-going mentoring.

    We'll look at existing online peer mentoring systems such as P2PU or design something from scratch.

    Any coding how-to event such as the webmaker events during the Mozilla Summer of Code Party will be able to implement the design that we come up with.

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

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (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

Sunday 11th November 2012

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