Passing Notes in Class: Making educational video a social experience

Challenge: Synchronize and super-charge online discussions around educational video

Millions are being invested in open education initiatives, with video-based projects at the front of the line. Universities are providing access to recorded course lectures, and sites like the Khan Academy and TED are combining video content with robust community engagement. But there are still big gaps in how learners can track and participate in online discussions while viewing these videos. How do we “talk back” to online video in ways that captures the social and interactive flavour of the best classroom experiences?

Hosted by Anne Jonas, Participatory Culture Foundation

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Hyperaudio Magic: Edit audio as easily as text

Challenge: Edit an audio file by moving the text in its transcript

Experimental hyperaudio players are syncing images, comments, and animated transcripts to audio files. These players let audio files manipulate web content, but not the other way around. Can we start to make this a two-way flow? Can we change an audio file by manipulating its time-synced transcript? Build an editor that automatically edits audio files according to changes in its transcript.

Hosted by Mark Boas, Hyperaudio and JPlayer

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Games that rock the browser

Challenge: Port a classic game to run directly in the browser

It’s not your mother’s Firefox. HTML5, WebGL, and JavaScript speeds have ramped-up browsers’ capacity to directly support games. What are the new limits? How do we push past them? Code a classic game, like PacMan or Space Invaders, to run right in the browser, and showcase what game development for the web can look like.

Hosted by Bobby Richter, Mozilla Paladin Team

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Hack the DJ: Building a next-generation DJ kit

Challenge: Wireframe, code and jam on a web-native DJ kit

Audio and music-making have undergone a digital revolution. Tools like Ableton Live and Live Looping have ushered in new ways to create music. But most DJ culture is still focused on two decks and a mixer. The next-generation DJ kit should take full advantage of innovations in music-making, with new modes of distribution, remixing, monetization, licensing, and interoperability. Hack on intuitive devices and open hardware with famed BBC DJs, audio outfits, and audio geeks.

Hosted by Ian Forrester, BBC Research and Development

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Bespoke 3D: Customizing 3D models on the web

Challenge: Empower non-techs to customize and print 3D models from the browser

Technically, we can make 3D things appear in the browser. We can print something in 3D and share it or sell it. But the step in between, where people can customize the object on the web, and perhaps even edit it collaboratively, is missing. Build from early prototypes to make it easy to access and customize 3D models online.

Read more in our blog post: Make It Easier to Customize 3D Models on the Web

Hosted by Dolf Veenvliet, Blender

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The Multi-Lingual Newsroom: Can collaborators translate sources and stories on the fly?

Challenge: Sketch translation interfaces and workflow for audiences and newsrooms

Sources speak multiple languages. So do global audiences. What if “the people formerly known as the audience” could help overcome these obstacles, drawing on their talents to bypass language barriers? All through an open and simple interface? Use real journalistic scenarios from around the world to design translation workflows for readers and reporters.

Hosted by Dean Jansen, Participatory Culture Foundation / Universal Subtitles

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Popcorn Bounties: Improve interactive video on the web

Challenge: Drive open video by fixing and extending the Popcorn.js JavaScript library

Have you ever wanted to do more with video than just embed it? Maybe augment it, add data and commentary, or collaborate in real-time on a moving image? Open video tools like Popcorn make video as mashable as other services on the web — but now they need active development. Pitch in to create concepts and plug-ins that expand the web video universe. And maybe win some cool toys in the process.

Hosted by Bobby Richter, Mozilla Popcorn Team

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Webmaking with Hackasaurus: How can we teach the world to hack?

Challenge: Design online learning experiences that teach youth basic HTML and CSS

Mozilla’s Hackasaurus project wants to teach the world to hack through kid-friendly tools and curriculum. We’re trying to make it easy for youth to remix and create online. How can we design self-guided experiences or “learning missions” that teach 10 – 15-year-olds the basics of HTML and CSS? Use Hackasaurus tools to build games turn the open web into a giant learning, making, and play space.

Hosted by Jess Klein and Atul Varma, Mozilla Hackasaurus

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