Banging the drum for the open web in Barcelona – Drumbeat Festival 2010Monday, October 18th, 2010
If you care about the open web and you want to be part of sustaining it by teaching the amazing web people of the future, get your butt down to Barcelona from the 3rd to the 5th of November for the Mozilla Drumbeat festival.
One of the cool things of the web is all the free content you can find. Creative Commons for video, audio and texts and Open Source for code have shown the closed commercial world for years now that you can reach more people, create better products and create more good-will than any of your marketing campaigns could ever do to boot.
Especially in education we have to be aware that there is a painful divide between what schools and universities teach and what is needed in the market. Outreach by companies in the form of University Hack Days and free talks is good but there should be a more formalised way to get kids to learn the new stuff rather than things that impress a professor but give you deer-in-headlight looks from interviewers.
Products like the Opera Web Standards Curriculum and WaSP interact already battle this and Mozilla wants to join the good fight with the P2PU School of Webcraft.
As an educator and trainer and someone who publishes a lot of learning material for free on the web I thought it very much down my alley to go to the conference, and hey – I will be there to take part, present and answer questions.
Should be a blast – see you there!