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Next Event: Berlin, March 27-29, 2015


To do actual, tangible work: written idea proposals, designs/mockups, new docs, code, and/or new tools or processes. The goal is to produce something tangible at the end of the three days. We want anyone and everyone to be able to participate, share their idea/feature/product, and work on it with others.

How to Attend

We welcome all contributors to MDN - both volunteer and paid staff, old timers and new! However, to keep the sessions as productive as possible, we are limiting the number of attendees.

Both volunteers and paid contributors must apply to attend.

For the March 2015 Hack on MDN Weekend, the application period will be from January 14 to January 19th. We will notify chosen attendees on January 22nd at the latest. Exact location and date are being determined - we're asking prospective attendees when they are available and will choose the date that works best for the most people. We will also pick the location based on least overall travel for the attending group.

For volunteers: Mozilla will cover your travel costs for the event. Paid staff; if possible, we prefer your department/organization to cover the cost of travel, but we should be able to cover from the MDN budget if necessary.

What do you need to have to apply? 1. an MDN profile/account 2. an idea of what you want to work on over the weekend. In general, the kinds of ideas we're looking for fall into these general categories:

  • MDN documentation content, whether new articles, new translations, or editing projects that are more enjoyable in a group setting
  • Example code or demos that can be used or referenced in MDN articles
  • Code improvements to the Kuma platform that can be completed by a few people over a 3-day event

How the Hack on MDN Weekend will work

Friday morning, anyone with an idea they want to work on with the team will make a 5-minute "pitch" about that idea. The idea can be a new feature, improvements to current features, new content, improvements to content, new wiki code, or pretty much anything else.

a pitch must include:

  • the idea
  • what will be produced when you are finished (articles, code, requirements doc, etc.)
  • what kind of help you need (User experience design, coding, writing, etc)
  • the pitch will be recorded in an etherpad & on a card for the "idea board"

After all pitches have been made (you don't need to be present to pitch an idea), teams will form to work on the ideas. You can work on 1 idea at a time. Work on ideas may finish before the end of the three days - in that case, the team will pick a new idea (with the same or different members) and work on that.


  • Thursday:
    • Travel (everyone should plan to arrive this day/evening)
    • 18:30 (6:30 pm): happy hour/dinner
  • Friday:
    • 9:15: Arrive at the office/venue
    • 9:30: Welcome & Introductions - START VIDYO SESSION
    • 10:00: Design our Alliance
    • 10:30: Review goals
    • 11:00: Pitch ideas, form teams (minimum of 2 people), determine vidyo for remote participants. END MORNING VIDYO SESSION
    • 12:30: lunch
    • 13:00: Teams meet, set team goals & working agreements
    • 14:00 - 18:00 - make stuff
    • small group dinner
  • Saturday
    • 9:00: Lightning check in (5 min per project)
    • 9:30: Make stuff
    • 12:30: Lunch
    • 13:15: Lightning check in (5 min per project)
    • 13:30 - 18:00: make stuff
    • Hacking/pizza/beer
  • Sunday
    • 9:00: Lightning check in (5 min per project)
    • 9:30: Make stuff
    • 12:30: Lunch
    • 16:00: Present results VIDYO SESSION
    • After party & dinner
  • Monday
    • Travel home, hopefully exhausted

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