50 Hours Devoted to a Healthier Internet

Our 2017 MozSprint saw collaboration on 108 open-source projects across more than 20 countries

For 50 consecutive hours, hundreds of people around the world — from coders and scientists to teachers and artists — lent their expertise to building a healthier Internet.

Mozilla’s annual Global Sprint, or MozSprint, ran Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2. Our giant, distributed, open-source hackathon fuels the network of people and projects who want to make the web a safer, more secure, more inclusive place.

2017 was our most successful sprint yet, both in scope and size. We collaborated to combat fake news, bolster online privacy and unlock scientific progress. Along the way, we baked Mozilla confections, assembled a MozSprint playlist and received accolades on BoingBoing.

Here’s a look at MozSprint 2017 by the numbers:

— 108 projects, from the Cryptomancer role-playing board game to the Internet Safety Driving License

— More than 65 physical Sprint locations in more than 20 countries, from India and Portugal to the Netherlands, Kenya, Japan and the U.S.

— 302 pull requests closed on Github. Plus, 2,223 comments and issues, and 824 commits pushed (Here’s even more data from GitHub)

Here’s a look at some of the projects we built together:

EchoBurst, a browser extension that uses natural language processing to combat fake news, polarization and toxicity online, and bolster constructive dialogue. “Finding common ground is the only antidote to the poison of polarization,” says EchoBurst’s Tyler K. “EchoBurst takes the first step of finding that common ground, which is engaging in discussion with people you don’t agree with.”

Cryptomancer, an RPG akin to Dungeons & Dragons that also teaches users about online security. “The game that asks, ‘What if dragons, dwarves, and elves had an Internet of their own?’” says Chad Sansing.

Internet Safety Driving License, an online curriculum that teaches privacy best practices, webiquette and other digital skills. “Right now we are working on Module 1: Cyberbullying Awareness Skills,” says co-creator Lisa Wright.

Aerogami, an interactive paper plane workshop that teaches the principles of aerodynamics. “Explaining engineering concepts is very difficult — there is too much new information and complex concepts that a student is supposed to learn in an hour of class,” says Aerogami’s Kshitiz Khanal. “I wanted to change this and make learning more interactive, intuitive and fun.”

You can view all Global Sprint projects here. For tweets and pictures from the event, check out the 2017 Mozilla Global Sprint Storify.

What’s ahead? Bring your projects to MozFest, Mozilla’s annual Internet health festival held in London each fall. And, we’ll see you at MozSprint 2018.

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