The annual MozFest is held in London, every October. MozFest is an annual celebration of the open Internet movement. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and makers come together to explore the future of the open Web.

I attended in 2016 thanks to an SCL Digital Leaders bursary, along with a bunch of librarians from across the country. Over the course of the weekend we became a band of merry #MozLibs. Half of the 2017 gang went again in 2017 and we were delighted to be joined by a new group of SCL sponsored library folk.

The #MozLibs movement is definitely growing, and there is still time for you to get involved! If you are interested in digital inclusion, web literacy, the open internet, innovation, digital technology, collaboration, people centred change, or generally how we can make the world a better place – then MozFest is definitely worth a look!

The festival is divided into themed spaces (Digital Inclusion, Decentralization, Web Literacy, Youth Zone, Privacy and Security, Openess, Queering and Neurodiversity), where a diverse range of workshops, sessions and talks are run by real people, with real knowledge or simply a question that we can all contribute to. You can get hands on with digital making or get your head around a lively debate.

You still need convincing? Here are some of my favourite reasons to come along:

  • You will meet some really great people from around the world (1,600+ participants from 50+ countries).
  • It will stretch your mind, challenge your thinking and enable you to learn loads of new things.
  • You can share your knowledge and passions and relate them to people ready to absorb or challenge your perspective.
  • You will find ways to be truly forward thinking within the library sector.
  • It’s on your doorstep… seriously, people travel from around the globe, but for us it’s a train trip away.
  • You can join a fun loving group of library people, all proud to be representing libraries and how we can play a core role in a healthier internet – it’s all about people afterall!
  • You will have a totally awesome time!

If you’re free, come along!

Tickets are available online.

But if you can’t be there in person, be sure to check out #MozLibs.

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