Maybe I am excited but I am also extremely inspired right now!
I just had a call with Ake Nygren, a librarian and fellow Mozilla Rep from Sweden. Ake is trying to raise the awareness of Web Literacy in his library by mainly organizing cryptoparties in libraries.
Swedish library system is a close digital environment which needs a lot and fundamental changes in it’s roots for Ake’s (and other fellows) efforts to start having impact.
The purpose of this blogpost though is to talk about his side project, putting Web literacy in a box. Oh yes, he wants to transform the digital world to a physical one.
He is building physical boxes equipped with remixable material and gamified recipes for mobile maker workshop activities anywhere, e.g. a library, a school, a youth center, an NGO etc. The idea is to build a mobile makerspace which can be run literally everywhere. The interaction with the boxes should spark discussions and reflections on maker culture, digital literacies and the world we’re living in.
This is the kind of people we need, this is the kind of people we should be! Curious, who are never afraid to challenge themselves and people who never settle. And this is the way we need to start thinking, by having a broader vision, adapting the “hacking” culture and looking for opportunities which will help us implement our vision.
Since day 1, a lot of people were mocking us because we were dedicating a lot of money and effort in transforming an empty basement into a hackerspace. These people believed that we should – somehow – get our money back instead of “wasting” them for an empty space. Today – after 2 months and after a lot of effort, the space is almost complete and fully equipped so I would like to share with you how I am planning to get the earnings of my investment.
Today I had the opportunity to spend more than 14 hours in the space with some brilliant people working on a variety of projects.
We worked and managed to transform our outdoor into an RFID featured door (had to hack the door’s metal case in order to install the electric strike).
Brainstormed on techniques for transforming solar energy into electric energy and aquaponics.
Brainstormed on upcoming events and planned 2 new ones.
Had a short docker hands-on session.
Learned more about apache’s configuration.
Worked on installing, configuring and using owncloud’s API.
It’s 1:55am (woke up at 7:30am) and after this exhausting day I am still FULL of energy, writing this blogpost and ready to continue working on my favorite projects!
Can you now understand why I am so passionate and thrilled about this place? Because anyone can do amazing things without any previous experience, by simply spending his time with some brilliant people. This is the earning of my investment, gaining experience on doing amazing stuff with amazing people!
Have I also told you that a hackerspace is not only a space but it is actually a community? Yes! More on part 2. 😉
So what’s your excuse for not joining a hackerspace or starting one?
Σας καλούμε στο δεύτερο MozCoffee της κοινότητας του Mozilla στη Θεσσαλονίκη.
Πρόκειται για μία χαλαρή συνάντηση και συζήτηση γύρω από όλες τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις του Project. Δεν θα λείπουν συζητήσεις σχετικά με το Firefox OS, τα τελευταία features του Firefox καθώς και ο σχεδιασμός των δράσεων της κοινότητας μας στα πλαίσια του παγκόσμιου MakerParty που λαμβάνει χώρα όλο το καλοκαίρι και μέχρι τα τέλη Σεπτέμβρη.
This workshop will walk you through the most exciting new platform in mobile, Firefox OS.
This weekend I had the pleasure to experience the first Mozilla Weekend event in Tirana, Albania. They were two days dedicate to Mozilla, it’s products, the community and of course the Open Web.
It was my first time in Tirana and the first time I was meeting the Albanian community in general. From the early beginnings, when Elio Qoshi first contacted me and invited me to the event I was able to see his passion. After I had the chance to meet the rest of the Albanian community I have to say that they all share the same passion. The passion of doing great things, the passion for knowledge and of course sharing their knowledge with other people as well. Let me try to describe the Albanian community with 3 words: passion, professionalism and hard working people.
So yes, the #MozWeekend was a blast! The event was well organized in an amazing venue with a great content. The attendant had the chance to learn about Mozilla’s vision about the open web, some of our amazing products such as Firefox, Firefox OS, developer tools and conquer the knowledge on how to create his first Open Web Application. And after creating his first Open Web Application he learned how Mozilla can help him on how to turn his idea to a product or a startup by signing up to WebFWD. He also leaned how is it to be part of an amazing community such as Mozilla’s, how to join and how can he help on keeping the web open and accessible for everyone.
I am really glad that I was part of the MozWeekend in Tirana because I saw the impact of the event in the attendees. I saw people’s hunger for writing Open Web Apps and contributing to our mission. It was really amazing!
Thank you #MozWeekend, thank you #MozAlb!
Hope to see you soon