When we kicked off Maker Party on June 15, we hoped it would catch fire. Buoyed by the success of last year’s party, which saw more than 700 events in 80 countries, we tried hard to make this year’s global celebration of webmaking even bigger and better. And thanks to the incredible work of mentors and party hosts around the world, it was!
Maker Parties were held in 330 cities across the globe. Some places, like Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, held their first ever party, while others like New York City threw more than 400 separate events!
Popcorn Maker projects proved to be the most popular tool, and more than 35,000 Popcorn videos were created. Thimble was a hit as well, and more than 15,000 webpages were created or remixed with the easy-to-use tool.
While we’re certainly excited by these facts and figures, we’re most proud to have been a part of an event that resulted in reactions like these:
“The fact that I could deconstruct [a video] meant that I could take it apart and see it in the parts that it is. It makes me think about it and understand what it is, and understand what the person who made it is trying to tell me, and I can play with it and change the message even more…which really empowers me.” – Diego Share-Vargas, Maker Party participant, age 13
“I wanted to create an activity that both promoted learning and brought the community together. The response [was] was so positive that we are planning on doing one of these parties at least every semester and hopefully more often than that. ” – Brendan Murphy, Maker Party host from Richmond, Illinois, USA.
To everyone that hosted or attended a Maker Party event, we extend our heartfelt thanks for helping to grow the webmaker movement. We invite you to keep creating and sharing on webmaker.org, and to join us at MozFest, the biggest Maker Party of all!