A successful MozFest 2014 building the Web We Want

1,600 experts, educators, and hackers descended on London to shape the future of the web at the annual Mozilla Festival. Now in its 5th year, the festival is like the web itself: a fun, frenetic bastion of creative collaboration.

Another 2 to 4 billion people are going to come online in the next decade. Is their web going to be open or closed? Decentralized or controlled? Will they be passive consumers or empowered creators? MozFest participants tackle these challenges not just by talking about them, but by building new ways to teach and engage everyone in making the web together.

Tracks will include sprints on how to shape the new Internet of Things, spread digital literacy around the globe, and ramp up activism around post-Snowden threats to our online privacy and security.

The Mozilla Festival, or ‘MozFest’, one of the largest tech celebrations of the Open Web, returned to London this October. The event took place between October 24 and October 26, 2014 at Ravensbourne, East London.

MozFest, now in its fifth year, is the UK’s leading alternative tech event dedicated to building a free, open and more democratic internet. Between 24 to 26 October, 2014, MozFest will open its doors to nearly 1,600 experts, inventors, teachers, hackers, students journalists, and web enthusiasts from nearly 50 countries around the world.

“Mozilla works to keep the democratic principles of the internet alive: to mobilise a global community that understands how to make — not just consume — the web and are empowered to share that knowledge with the world,” said Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation. “MozFest is where we rally each year to share ideas, build new projects, and change the web.”

During the festival weekend, main stage speakers included Mary Moloney, Global CEO of CoderDojo; Dame Beeban Kidron, award-winning producer, director and campaigner; and Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla.

“There’s always great energy and excitement when groups of young coders get together. MozFest has its own very unique buzz which enables some great creative thinking and collaboration. Mozilla plays a huge role in supporting the democratisation of technology all over the world, enabling anyone to participate regardless of age, location or socio-economic background. Empowering people to actively engage with technology is already delivering great results, we’ve seen great projects come out of MozFest and can’t wait to see what will be achieved this year,” said Moloney.

“Another two billion people will come online over the next 10 years. What will their web look like? Will they be creators of the web or will they be merely consumers? That’s what MozFest is for: to empower us all to create the web we want and make sure the open web wins,” added Surman.

Interactive sessions at this year’s festival include a continuation of Mozilla’s highly successful global Maker Party, which taught more than 125,000 people how to build the web through hands-on learning this summer. MozFest’s iteration will have introductory, hands-on sessions for people new to making the web, as well as specialized tracks for teachers looking to learn how to teach the new computing curriculum through hacks, discussions and physical learning.

MozFest will ran for three days at Ravensbourne, a media campus located in East London next to the O2 Arena.

Friday, 24 October – MozFest officially opened with a Science Fair that highlights a range of interesting people and projects from across the web. Saturday, 25 and 26 October – interactive sessions, hacking and presentations. The event culminated with a closing demo party on Sunday showcasing what was made during the festival.