Mozilla at Dare 2b Digital Conference…



…or teaching young girls how to become future awesome hackers!

Yes, that’s right. Let me explain: Mozilla will participate in the Dare 2B Digital Conference next Saturday, February 12th. The intent of this event is to introduce girls (7th to 10th grade) to the wonders of computer science and electrical engineering. Mary has written an awesome report concerning our upcoming participation there, which I highly recommend you read. In the meantime, here’s a summary of what all this is about.

With the idea to empower women at an early stage and bridge the existing gap in the workforce of technology efforts, Dare 2B Digital Conference will host an event in Mountain View (California) composed of various workshops and activities in order to interest young girls in STEM fields. Their mission, as they put it, is to
ensure that women are fully represented in the wide spectrum of exciting, creative and lucrative careers that leverage an education in Computer Science. Dare 2B Digital reaches out to girls – middle school and high school students – including those in underserved communities, who use familiar technology everyday (cell phones, video games, the Internet), but who usually do not consider careers that envision, develop, market, sell, apply, or rely on these and other technologies.

Lukas Blakk is going to showcase a video workshop there, in order to demonstrate all the great things you can do using HTML5 and Universal Subtitles. Will be present as well from Mozilla: Marcia Knous, William Reynolds and Rainer Cvillink. The idea is to show these girls how cool and fun it can be to work in a STEM field. And we need your help to do so!

Yep, you can get involved in the fun too, and here’s how: we currently need localizers’ participation to help translate subtitles online during the event. You can sign up here on the Mozilla Wiki to give us a hand.

There are 3 workshops where you can help out on Saturday:

10:15am – 11:30am PST

12:30pm – 1:45pm PST

1:45pm – 3:00pm PST

As the wiki sign-up page explains, the key components of this tutorial will be demonstrating the Miro Converter, Universal Subtitles, and a little bit of Popcorn.js where the girls work on doing subtitles for clips of footage shot during the day to share online and adding some dynamic content to the media.

Interested? I’m sure you are! So don’t be shy, come and sign up here to help out. 🙂


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