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Mozilla Festival 2012: Submit a Proposal

A yearly festival with hundreds of passionate people exploring the Web, learning together, and making things that can change the world.

Making, Freedom and the Web
November 9 - 11, 2012 | #mozfest
London, UK | Ravensbourne

This wiki page will explain how the Mozilla Festival works and you can propose activities.

Deadline Sept. 15

Table of Contents

  1. How to propose a session or activity
  2. Submission template and Proposed sessions
  3. What is the Mozilla Festival?
  4. What makes a good Mozilla Festival session?
  5. Three session formats

How to propose a session or activity

1. Answer these questions

    * Title of session: 
    * Your name and affiliation: 
    * Session format: (select Design Challenge, Learning Lab, or Fireside Chat)
    ===What will your session or activity allow people to make, learn or do?===
    ===How do you see that working?===
    ===How will you deal with 5, 15, 50 participants?===
    ===How long within your session before someone else can teach this?===
    ===What do you see as outcomes after the festival?===

2. Post responses on the wiki

I. Create an account on the Mozilla wiki.

  • If you're not able to use the wiki, please email sessions@mozilla.org directly with your responses.

II. Start a new wiki page with your session title.

III. Copy & paste the questions above onto your new wiki page.

IV. Add a link to your wiki page in Proposed Sessions below.

  • See examples below.

V. Email sessions@mozilla.org when you're done

  • Let us know about your proposal. We'll be in touch!
  • Feel free to return to your wiki page and keep editing.


  • Please read through the rest of the info on this page.
  • This process is all hackable. It's designed to help people frame their session. If it's not serving your needs, please hack it. And let us know. :-)

Proposed sessions

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What is the Mozilla Festival?

The Mozilla Festival is an annual celebration for exploring the web, learning together, and making things that can change the world.

We’re replacing darkened lecture halls with nine floors of maker labs bursting with passionate people building and teaching the web in realtime. To make this work, we need people of all different skills and persuasions.

From journalists to filmmakers, educators to gamers, kids and designers and web developers and everything in between — we'll all be jamming together.

Learn More.

What makes a good session?

A good session has:

  • A clear purpose and desired outcome
  • A clear call for who can/should participate
  • A description of how it will transpire

A good session is:

  • Participatory: Engaging and activating participants from the beginning and getting them making and doing, rather than listening and watching
  • Purposeful: Working on meaningful activities toward meaningful outputs
  • Productive: Well-scoped so that concrete outcomes are achieved in the allotted time, and participants feel time was well spent

We believe that peer-to-peer sessions are the most powerful way to facilitate interaction, build networks, and collaborate. For that reason, the Mozilla Festival de-emphasizes lectures and presentations, and instead encourages dialog and hacking in small groups.

The bulk of time in a session will be spent in groups of 5 people or less. You can expect anywhere between 5 - 50 people in your session. Be prepared for all contingencies.

As a facilitator, you will frame the session goals, team up small groups, and ensure participants work productively & purposefully together.

Three Session Formats

The event revolves around three main session formats:

Design Challenge


What is it:

A session where participants collaboratively create one or more designs to address a need or challenge.

How do you do it:

  • Define an interesting challenge or question to explore.
  • Team up different skill-sets to brainstorm solutions.
  • Collaboratively build a 'minimum viable prototype' to demonstrate your idea.

Example design challenges:

  • How can we design self-guided experiences or “learning missions” that teach youth the basics of HTML and CSS.
  • How can we better verify news sources in real-time crisis reporting?
  • How can we tell stories more effectively using media across a timeline?

Learning Labs


What is it:

A session where participants learn a skill and try it out on their own, ideally able to teach someone new by the end.

How do you do it:

  • Introduce a new skill.
  • Invite participants to try it themselves.
  • Participants become mentors and teach newcomers.

Example learning labs:

  • HTML basics: Get started with your first website
  • Working in the open: Soft skills for the webmaker community
  • How to prototype with paper

Fireside Chats


What is it:

A session where a topic is discussed and explored through lively, inclusive conversation.

How do you do it:

  • Host an open discussion around an interesting issue.
  • Provide context and invite questions.
  • Explore new approaches to the issue.

Example fireside chats:

  • The State of 3D Open-Source Gaming on the Web
  • Behind the Scenes: Live Blogs during Arab Spring
  • Approaches to a Web Literate Planet