A few weekends ago we found ourselves at Ravensbourne College on a Saturday, which is the site of the O2 in North Greenwich. No we weren’t seeing John Legend in concert (he was playing!), we were attending MozFest which is run by the Mozilla Foundation (who created the web browser Firefox). It’s a conference / festival about all things related to the open internet – it’s a real ‘geek fest’ in many ways attracting activists, coders and educators. This year was the 10th anniversary of the event and the last time the conference was going to be held in London. It was an opportunity to connect with some people working in different fields and the conference is really international. It also attracts more than just open education enthusiasts, but a whole bunch of folks with really overlapping interests related to technology, privacy, inclusivity and many more issues. This year’s conference had the theme of ‘Healthy AI’ as artificial intelligence seems to be something people are talking about it all walks of life, but at MozFest it was particularly related to AI and ethics, and when and why we might devolve decision making to machines.
Our session was partly based on the workshop we ran earlier in the year at the Creative Commons Summit in Lisbon entitled Playful Approaches to Copyright Education. We gave people a taster of both our copyright education games, although this session was slightly shorter so we focused on Copyright the Card Game. We had a fairly small but enthusiastic group of people who came to find out about our resources. Some worked in education, others were in the library world, all were quite geeky and really liked the games-based learning approach we use (as well as the beautiful cards). We also had an international audience so we were able to share the Canadian, Australian and US versions of the game that others have created because our materials are licensed under Creative Commons. We played the first round of the game and talked people through how the rest of it worked. It was fun, it was a nice space and I felt energised.