MozRetreat’18 – a recap

Last week I joined a cohort of 43 people from 12 countries in the beautiful city of Eindhoven, Netherlands for MozRetreat! We were a team of friends, partners, network members, Mozilla staff and first-time collaborators to become festival wranglers and shape the design of the MozFest program.

I was invited because of my continued involvement with Mozilla through Outreachy and the Mozilla Open Leader program.

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The circular-open-seat arrangement

MozRetreat was a super-charged three-day event for planning, dreaming and collaborating. Here, we examined what works about the festival, challenged the old ways of doing things and explored new opportunities for protecting and promoting the health of the internet.

 

This is the 9th year for MozFest and the theme this year is ‘DATA’. There will be keynote sessions, lot of planned activities and impromptu conversations on the below 5 broad topics:

  1. Openness (Open innovation, all things OPEN)
  2. Privacy & Security
  3. Web Literacy
  4. Digital Inclusion
  5. Decentralisation

In addition, there will be a week of meetups, hackjams, and unconferences run by allied organizations.

At the end of the retreat we chose which space we wanted to wrangle. I chose to be a wrangler to the Open space! A wrangler is someone who designs and delivers a part of MozFest.

All in all, I enjoyed every minute spent with this amazing bunch of humble, smart and talented people. Over the next few months we would work collaboratively to deliver the best of MozFest.

Come and be a part of the festivities in London this October to celebrate Internet Health!

 

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