On Monday, Oct. 21 I will begin my new role as Program Manager at Hive NYC. I’ve been working with Hive NYC as a contractor for the past few years on various projects, so I am very excited to be fully immersed and able to contribute 100% to this awesome initiative.
Nothing got me more prepared for this transition than the Mozilla Summit that I recently participated in. The summit took place simultaneously in Toronto, Brussels and Santa Clara from Oct 3 – Oct. 6. I was in Toronto, along with many folks from all over the world. I learned so much. The weekend was jam packed with keynote speakers, great food, laughter, hacking, break out sessions, karaoke, collaborations and innovation fairs. There is no way to capture all the awesomeness, but I made an effort to highlight some of the things that made a lasting impact on me and listed them below. Moving into my new role, these things have and will continue to shape my work with Hive NYC. If you want to learn more about what happened at the summit search for #MozSummit
1. Hearing Michell Baker speak about the 4 pillars of Mozilla. Building, Empower, Teach and Shape. She spoke a lot about the importance of teaching and how “building community shapes environment.” She also reminded everyone the importance of mistakes and how “When your really learning your making mistakes.”
2. Mark Surman challenging us with thinking BIG. He asked questions like “What will the internet look like 10 years from now?” and “What would a million Mozillians do?” Our goal at the summit was to answer these questions in the form of conversations, collaborations, scrum boards, hacking, remixing and whatever else we could come up with. He spent a lot of time talking about empowerment, which I found to be inspiring. If we are empowered to share knowledge and teach each other, more people will be empowered to do the same.
3. Co-facilitating “Building a web literate world” break out session with Emma Irwin. The 15+ participants that joined us were from all over the globe and had so much to contribute to the topic. We demoed Webmaker tools, did introductions and started the conversation with a Spectogram activity. Most of the session was spent in break out groups discussing questions like “How does web literacy align with Mozilla’s mission?”, “How can we empower people through web literacy?”, “Why is/should the Webmaker initiative (be) important to the public?” Everyone contributed. Ideas were flowin.
4. The Mozilla fox crowd surfing during the group photo.
5. Participating in “Join us in Building a global movement of Webmakers”, lead by Christopher Lawrence (Senior Director of Mozilla Webmaker Mentor Community). He opened the session with a “Teach something you know” activity. For this we broke into pairs and taught each other an array of things like, swimming, Chinese, silkscreen printing, salsa, how to make fortune tellers and what to do in a natural disaster. Once we were warmed up and felt confident in our teaching abilities, we had fun learning about how Webmaker is a tool that can show a new generation of web citizens that the web is theirs to grab, shape and remix. We learned the free tools (Thimble, Popcorn and X-ray Goggles) and how we could use them to become #Teachtheweb mentors. For the last 30 minutes of the session Chris broke us into teams and challenged us with building multimedia web pages with Mozilla’s awesome Webmaker tools. This was my favorite part because we were able to explore the tools together and create collaborative remixes for the web!
6. SWAG. Mozilla has the best swag. Period.
6. Everything Else! (…Mozillian Hockey game, Meeting the Toronto Mozilla Foundation peeps, Bring to Light festival, Innovation fair, Karaoke, World Fair…)