Campus party, the world’s largest technology festival, is coming to Berlin this month. Over one week, ten thousand developers, gamers, bloggers, innovators, scientists and more will come together to take ideas and make them a reality.
To make something world changing you need inspiration and with six hundred hours of discussions and workshops featuring Paulo Coelho and Sir Tim Berners-Lee covering robotics, development to open source software and gaming; you are guaranteed to find a subject of interest.
But this is more than just talking about changing the world, the mission of the attendees will be to write Europe’s new source code and help transform Europe into a better place. There will also be multiple challenges and competitions on-site and ad-hoc events planned by the participants themselves that continue all week.
Radical thinking isn’t just creating new apps and services; it is also changing how we interact with the web. Over the last five years we have seen an explosion in the availability of interconnected devices but there is a gold rush to imprison both users and developers to a single platform or ecosystem. This is bad news for the web; it harms innovation. The web was designed for the free transfer of data, so locking it away hurts the web and ultimately all of us. This is why we are really excited about Firefox OS by Mozilla as it makes the web the platform.
Firefox OS places no restrictions with what you can do; you have the right to take anything you have bought with you to anywhere else. This is all possible because the OS is built on HTML5, meaning that any app you purchase can be run on any system with a compatible browser on any combination of Phone, Tablet, PC or TV. We think it’s an amazing idea that can free the user and because it can run on low power devices it opens a whole new generation to access the internet for the first time.
Which is why Telefonica and Mozilla are hosting the Firefox OS challenge that aims to create a whole new suite of apps that can change the world. First prize is €1,500 EUR and you can get started right now, for more information on writing apps for Firefox OS, read Mozilla’s ‘Getting started with making apps’ guide.
All in all, we think it’s going to be a great event and hope to see you there!