It’s been a week now since the Mozilla Festival 2015 ended and I still try to make sense of it all. For somebody who does not know MozFest and looks at the website, it looks like any other developer conference. But as soon as you scratch the surface you realise that MozFest is something completely different. First of all, Mozillians describe MozFest as “loosely controlled chaos” and “your personal magic carpet ride” (Amira Dhalla), which seems crazy until you’ve been there. Secondly, it’s not a developer conference. You can find many different and interesting people from so many different backgrounds, countries and professions there. I’ve met people from Great Britain, Canada, USA, Kenia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and many more with backgrounds in (amongst others) science, design, education and coding. MozFest is an utterly confusing and messy melting pot of all of this, which, like the Web itself, surprisingly actually works and creates a creative drive in people. I’ve met new friends, discussed great ideas, tested projects others work on and had an incredible amount of fun at the same time. The MozFest slogan “Three days of building a truly global web together.” seemed like wishful thinking to me at first but it’s so very true. You don’t only improve the Web but you also go home with your own “web” of new friends and contacts all over the world that help and encourage you make a difference.
MozFest is an increadible and magical experience - Amira’s description of MozFest fits much better than one might think. Just one warning before you mark you calendar for next year’s MozFest: make sure you finish your current projects before you visit MozFest, you will come back with a bag full of new ones - I certainly have. To all my new friends from MozFest: I’ll definetly be back! See you all next year!
All photos in this post are from the Mozilla Festival Flickr account.