Mozilla Summer of Code Party


Mozilla, the tech organization best known for building the Firefox web browser, has started a cornucopia of interesting initiatives to help elevate technology in the media, film, and other mediums through a series of initiatives. This summer, one of the initiatives is the  Webmaker Summer Code Party. These parties can be as small as a few people gathering in a coffee shop or as big as a hackathon with hundreds of people. These peer-to-peer training exercises offer a no-pressure, experimental environment to tinker and discuss technology issues.

At the BBG, we’re going to host “BBG WebMakers: 3 Days of ‘Hacking’ for Journalists, Coders, Designers and Friends,” a series of lunch time brown bags for both journalists and coders to help teach new skills, spread ideas and collaboration.  Each day will consist of a 1-hour long session.

ODDI Manager of Technology Services, Adam Martin, who is helping lead the event, said, “…These three hour-long sessions will provide our office an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the BBG who share our commitment to innovation. We hope the ‘Summer of Code’ is just a first step toward building more collaborative efforts between services and expanding everyone’s abilities and interests in the open web technologies that are shaping the future of journalism.”

The current schedule is planned for August 14-16 from 12-1 p.m., with sessions including:

For Hacks (Journalists)
Day 1: An Introduction to HTML5 Features and Functions

  • Discuss: HTML5 is changing the way we develop and engage with content on the Web. Learn what’s new with this emerging platform and what it can offer you.

Day 2: Becoming a ‘Maker’ – Mozilla’s WebMaker Series

  • Demo: Write and edit HTML and CSS right in your browser Mozilla’s Hackasauras and X-Ray Goggles. Learn how to create and modify web pages using intuitive markup languages.

Day 3: Build Something!

  • Choose Your Adventure: Join a project or start your own. Then host and share your finished pages using Mozilla’s ThimbleWebMaker Tool.

For Hackers (Coders)

Day 1: The Popcorn / Butter Annotated Video Authoring Environment

Day 2: Developing a Custom Plugin

  • Discuss: The Popcorn plugin architecture
    • Manifest
    • Options + Editor tie-in
    • Setup, start, end, and teardown functions and when they’re called
  • Demo: A simple custom plugin. Example: Pangea / Google Feed Plugin
  • Demo: Advanced custom plugins. Example: ODDI Storify Plugin

Day 3: Build Something!

  • Choose Your Adventure: “Popcorn-ify” a video or to create a custom plugin


Robert Bole, Eric Pugh, Joe Flowers, and Will Sullivan are helping out with the initial planning. If you’d like to join, please mail to let us know you’ll be attending. Or, contact Adam Martin at if you have questions.


(The foregoing commentary does not constitute endorsement by the US Government, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, VOA, MBN, OCB, RFA, or RFE/RL of the information products or services discussed.)

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