Event curation: Build and Teach the Web track, Mozfest 2013
In the autumn of 2013, after 6 months of feverish planning and late-night Skype conversations, 2,100 technologists from 50 nations descended on the checkered monolith of Ravensbourne College along the Thames in London, facilitating 250 sessions, drinking 7,650 cups of coffee and spawning an infinite number of new ideas for Mozfest, the world’s most “fiercely unconventional” 2-day open technology festival.
This year was Mozilla’s biggest yet, with 12 themed tracks ranging from Open Privacy to Open Badges to Open Games. And this year, the equally insane Laura Hilliger and I agreed to wrangle an entire floor of crazy at the event called Build and Teach the Web… which became the biggest, most experimental (and busiest!) track the festival had ever seen.
The focus? Bringing together makers and teachers to co-create together in new and surprising ways, inspired by #teachtheweb communities and creative webmaking cultures. To prepare, we put together an eclectic and chaotic set of experiences including a massive green screen, scrum tables and scavenger hunts, spraying all surfaces with post-it notes and covering an entire wall with colourful Scrums centered on 7 themes from Cultural Archives to Glitch Remix to Diversity, all based on the product of many brainstorms and planning sessions amongst the 60+ facilitators who came together to build the track with us. Our aim? To move as many Scrum Tasks as possible from “To Make” to “Made” by the end of the weekend.
And to our immense relief, Mozfesters dug in and got their hands dirty en masse, shipping more than 3/4 of the Scrums together and creating a remarkably welcoming, creative space where peer-to-peer learning was rampant and creativity was king. Despite having organised many other experimential events like the Open Knowledge Festival, I found myself extremely impressed. The collaborative energy of the space ended up being something truly wonderful.
Selected track press
- “#teachtheweb, ya’ll”, Christina Cantrill, Bank Street
- “Mozfest Teach the Web reflections”, Peter Kittle
- “Mozfest: Takeaways and bring-backs”, Chad Sansing
- “MozTech video interview: Kat Braybrooke, Teach the Web
- “Planning the first unconference for women developers”, Srishti Sethi, MIT
- “Photos from the making and sharing activities at Build and Teach the Web”, Jeannie Crowley on G+
- “My Mozfest experience making a girls in technology teaching kit”, Steph Guthrie
- “My thanks to Mozfesters, Laura Hilliger, Mozilla
- “Teaching and making the web together" on my blog