About the Mozilla Festival

Dear Webmakers,

Help us forge the future of the web.

The Mozilla Festival is where many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas spring to life. It’s where passionate thinkers and inventors come together to learn from one another and engage in a conversation about how the web can do more, and do better.

As part of Mozilla’s mission to ensure the web remains a resource open to everyone, MozFest strengthens the global braintrust of bright people dedicated to championing a user-built web. The festival is filled with fiercely unconventional technologists and creators, eager to share their skills.

So I invite you to join us. Bring an idea and we’ll connect you with kindred spirits who will help nurture your ideas through hands-on sessions and interactive workshops. Find your community at MozFest, hone your skills and amplify your voice around our common mission: ensuring the web is an innovation open to all.

Mark SurmanMark Surman, Executive Director of Mozilla

Goals for the Mozilla Festival

  • Make things with the tools Mozilla and others are creating.
  • Learn who is building what, how we can share and help each other.
  • Imagine making in 100 years: what future are we building?
  • Design the things we want to build next, especially for mobile.
  • Fuel leaders who want to invent, teach and organize.


  • Build and Teach the Web

    Keep the web wild through hands-on making with innovative tools and teaching the web as a community.

    Let’s build and teach the web together. From remixing public archives to mashing hip hop with politics, and from hacking on web-native storytelling tools to knitting projects that teach digital literacies, we’ll inspire, share and empower. Get your feet wet by programming your first webpage, browse our art galleries, play with the Green Screen and help others with with their making “to dos” on the Massive Scrum Board.

  • Make the Web Physical

    Escape the limitations of your computer and build the web using sensors, circuits and good old paper and scissors.

    Build the web with your bare hands and connect it to the world. Invent new methods of communicating with the web using tools like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and sensors. Explore how high-tech possibilities such as 3D printing and laser cutting and low-tech solutions like origami and simple circuits can link the world to the web in new and unexpected ways.

  • Open Games: Ready, Set, Go!

    Play, imagine and create the next generation of games with innovative makers who are re-inventing the web as a platform for open games.

    The open web is quickly transforming gaming. Join industry leaders, indie developers, youth and the Mozilla community to envision the next evolution of gaming, write an open games manifesto and – of course – make games!

  • Look Who’s Watching

    Learn who follows your data trail. Friends, corporations, criminals and law enforcement: who has access and is this ok?

    Online privacy is one of the biggest issues facing the web. Use innovative tools and visualizations to see how your data is exposed. Learn how to control who can see what you do online. Discuss how to raise awareness and design long-term solutions to the complex issue of online privacy.

  • Skills and Badges

    Challenge the conventional system of recognizing skills and learning.

    Open Badges is a new system for credentialing and accreditation that makes it possible for learners everywhere to get recognition for lifelong learning of all kinds through digital badges, and then collect and share those badges across the Web for real results like jobs. Earn badges at MozFest, help design new badges, engage in creating learning pathways and future gaze with us to imagine the possibilities.

  • Source Code for Journalism

    Design next-generation web solutions to solve critical issues facing news organizations and help journalism thrive on the open web.

    Join us in hacking on new ideas for journalism on the web. Through discussions, hands-on making, and wire framing, we’ll explore new ways to visualize data, present stories, and foster connections between people interested in harnessing the power of the web to create great journalism.

  • Webmaking for Mobile

    Explore opportunities in the booming world of the open web on mobile. How can we experiment & tinker to customize our own phones?

    Phones built with HTML5 and other open web standards are liberating users from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms. What can we do with this newfound freedom? Investigate the possibilities of touch interaction, connectivity and sensors in your device.

  • Connect Your City

    Kickstart the creation of interactive tools for connected learning and help people explore, make and share.

    Put connected learning into action with members of the Hive Global Learning Network and develop engaging, interactive experiences that push the boundaries of what’s possible with digital making. Discover how collaborative networks in major international cities are working across disciplines to strengthen communities and foster engaging and relevant opportunities for youth.

  • Science and the Web

    Examine the potential of the open web to re-define how we experiment, analyze and share scientific knowledge.

    The open web is changing the way scientists explore, experiment and build on others’ research. Imagine what we can accomplish with collaborative tools, open content and partnerships between science and tech. Meet with other inquisitive minds to explore what can be done and share your results.

  • Open Data for the Open Web

    Uncover the data on the web and in our world that will help us better inform and organize our communities.

    Join civic hackers, government workers, data activists, journalists, and more to collaborate on accessing, managing, and creating with data. Through hands-on sessions and active discussions, we’ll liberate and visualize data, and create concrete plans for how to make data better for our communities.

The Team

  • Michelle ThorneFestival Director

    Michelle Thorne is Mozilla’s Manager for the Webmaker Mentor team, aiming to grow communities to teach the web through live events. She helps local organizers host anything from small “kitchen-table events” to larger hack jams and campaigns, which bring together web makers of various stripes to build, make, and learn from each other. She curates Mozilla’s annual festival.
  • Chris “Spike” FooteVolunteer Coordinator

    Chris Foote (always known as “Spike”) is the Volunteer Coordinator for MozFest13. A life-long professional Electronic Engineer with a passion for science and technology, he is a volunteer with global organisations such as CrisisCommons, CrisisMappers, OpenStreetMap (OSM), Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT), StandbyTaskForce (SBTF). He has co-organised a very successful London-based monthly Meetup group for people involved in or interested in ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) as well as organising countless BarCamps and Hackathons. As a long-time user and supporter of Mozilla he is honoured to accept his post this year.
  • Allen GunnParticipation Designer

    Allen “Gunner” Gunn is Executive Director of Aspiration in San Francisco, USA, and works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes.
  • Kam StarFestival Producer

    Kam Star is a digital media entrepreneur, inventor and an award winning games developer. Creating his first computer game in 1986, he studied Architecture and is deeply passionate about innovation in play and influence. Founder of PlayGen, Kam designs and develops playful solutions and platforms for delivering engaging experiences across the digital landscape. He has produced gaming projects for the BBC, AVIVA, Eden Project, UNESCO, McKinsey, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, NESTA, MoD, NHS, TSB, Wellcome Trust and many more. Kam is also the founder of Digital Shoreditch, with the aim of bringing the outstanding creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent closer together and to one day create the SXSW of London.
  • Ben SelbyFestival Manager

    Marketing Student turned events and project manager, with some advertising experience thrown in for good measure. Ben grew up in the rolling hills of Devon, miles away from ‘Tech City’ but soon realised this was the place he wanted to be. After joining Digital Shoreditch shortly after graduating Ben found his passion for creative industries, startups, all things Digital and new technologies. Ben is now turning these passions to Mozfest 2013 to ensure the best festival to date!
  • Ella ThieleFestival Manager

    Ella kick started her event management career during her time at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was elected Student Union President after graduating. Alongside this position, Ella took on many projects which included curating and producing her own show at The Arts Theatre West End, July 2012, and working as a producer of ‘Zoi Dimitriou Dance Company’. Since joining Digital Shoreditch Ella has been introduced to the world of digital and is embracing what the community of Tech City has to offer, whilst playing a key role in large projects such as Digital Shoreditch Festival, MozFest and Million Pound Start-Up.