One day after the conference part of Mozilla Vision 2012 volunteers, Mozilla staff and friends organised a “hackday” event in a burger cafe (of all places) in Tokyo. The twist: instead of catering to developer hackers the audience was web makers – and in this case those of the future:
Yes, we mostly had kids getting excited about what can be done with the web and its technologies and for this veteran of many a hack day this was an amazing experience.
The whole day was run as a series of “Popups” as defined by the Hive learning network, NYC. As explained in Mark Surman’s blog post the activities provided were:
- Using Hackasaurus to remix the web
- Creating simple programs with MIT’s Scratch
- Using the Paper-protyping-for-interface-design Firefox add on Domova (build by Keio University and Mozilla Japan)
- Print out a stencil and use colours to make your mark on a wall with Paint n
- Building your own platform game using the Canvas/HTML5 based Run Jump Build
- Creating your own animation using Mozilla Japan’s Para Para
All of which were a big success with the kids. I especially liked the idea of Para Para, which is why I quickly interviewed Brian Birtles of Mozilla Japan about it:
All in all the second day of the event was a surprise and it showed me that there is a lot of great things to come in the next generation of web makers.
It was very refreshing to see that with some guidance and a share of enthusiasm kids happily create and use the web as a read/write medium instead of just playing games and watching movies. It is up to us to make the web of tomorrow not TV on steroids.
About Chris Heilmann
Evangelist for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!