A few weeks ago I wrote a bursary application to SCL, who were offering library people a unique development opportunity as part of the digital leadership programme. I waited (not very patiently) until the email came in – I had been chosen – I was delighted – I was off to MozFest!!
MozFest? It is tagged as ‘The world’s leading festival for the open internet movement’. For me it’s a chance to experience interesting developments, meet innovators, creators and makers and be exposed to lots of new ideas and ways of thinking about the world!
Plus I was really pleased when I found out who was coming on the journey with me. I thought most would be from in and around the London area (as MozFest is on their doorstep), but the SCL MozFest gang are coming from far and wide.
We started chatting via email and Twitter, but quickly moving on to WhatsApp for ease.
The hotel and trains are booked and the MozFest programme has just been released. I think we’ve all felt equally excited and overwhelmed by the amount of sessions on offer – how are we supposed to decide?
A shared Google Calendar has been set up so we can design our individual MozFest journeys, whilst keeping track of what others are participating in too. It looks like our choices will be varied, which should lead to some interesting conversations and sharing afterwards.
My personal favourites so far is the automated Raspberry Pi photo booth, open badges and the three storey popcorn art creation, but I haven’t really scratched the surface of reading through the available sessions.
And no SCL influenced event would be the same without running librarians, so that’s planned in too (some of us running and some of us cheering on!)