Emma Irwin

#Webmaker Club – So far

Posted by in remo, Teaching Kids, teachtheweb, Uncategorized, Webmaker

      After close to two years  – and thanks to a visionary principle – I was able to start a Webmaker club in my daughter’s school. Web literacy is not a part of British Columbia’s curriculum.  I’ve learned a lot, here’s the Cole’s Notes: Lunch Club The only window for our club is between 12:25 and 1:00 – lunch break.   Our first class was about 28 kids, but as weather got better (and more kids opted to play outside) that slowly declined leaving a core group of…read more

Hug a Drupalista this Valentine’s Day

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I’ve had this post percolating in my head, since attending a JavaScript/HTML5 hackathon last year.  An event where the host made a  made a joke about ‘Drupal development’  implying a project and community working in ‘innovation past’.  I  apologetically sank into my seat. Not only was I one of only 3 women in a room of 80 hackers, I was also a PHP Drupal developer -  double-shot of isolation. I get it though – I’ve participated in my own share of code-snobbery it’s entertaining, it lets us vent coding horrors…read more

Through the Keyhole – Contributing to Open Projects

Posted by in drupal, Mozilla, remo, women in technology

  I have been contributing to a variety of open projects for about 8 years now- a life changing experience in more ways than I can list.  I’ve learned so much collaboratively building, fixing, documenting, testing, and leading projects I believe in.   Admittedly, some of the best lessons have also been in learning to fail, or change direction. ‘Open’ is all about people, and I have met so many inspiring, courageous, brilliant and humble people from all over the world – changing the world.  This post is in gratitude of…read more

Think globally, act locally

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“Think Globally, Act Locally” originally began at the grassroots level, however, it is now a global concept with high importance. It is not just volunteers who take the environment into consideration. It is corporations, government officials, education system, and local communities. -  from Wikipedia On Friday December 13th, our local Mozilla community hosted a Mozilla Webmaker  booth at Discover Tectoria, a showcase of Victoria’s tech community.  In addition to the booth, Dethe Elza and I presented two sessions: ‘Learning to Code with Mozilla Webmaker” to an auditorium filled with parents,…read more


Webmaker School Club

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I’ve wanted to run a Webmaker school club  for quite a while, and met with resistance for just as long. Thanks to our amazing principle, I am completely thrilled to finally… have the initiative accepted in my daughter’s school starting Monday. Currently working hard on a lesson plan, that includes  online and offline activities + Q & A Skype sessions with people who can share on specific topics as we cover them.  Excited to have my ‘own kids’, twenty-eight of them :) To help support others who may want to…read more


Contribution as a Way of Life – The Survey

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I’ve been developing a talk: ‘Contribution as a Way of Life’, so far demoed to very patient & supportive colleagues at ImageX and a few smaller gatherings (both online and offline) with a lot of interest – including the idea as a workshop . I truly believe contribution and open participation should be an extension of our work and play where possible.  In my experience there are  simple ways of evaluating a project for contribution – explaining: why it matters, why it’s easy, why it’s FUN and equally reasons to…read more

#MozSummit (Toronto)

Posted by in Inspiration, remo

  I’ve found it very challenging to write a post on the Mozilla Summit -   how can I possibly, ever reflect the experience of spending a weekend with 600 brilliant inspiring people; Of the greater awareness that in two other locations there are 1800 other Mozillians exploring the same ideas? How can I lightly summarize a single innovative idea, project and session, much-less describe three days of them? I cannot!  I give up imaging it’s possible(at least for me). I can say without hesitation, that the Summit awakened, and clarified…read more


My #Mozfest 2013

Posted by in mozfest, remo, Teaching Kids, Webmaker

  I feel incredibly  fortunate to be adding a ’2013′ to the title of this blog post,  reflective of this being my second Mozilla Festival.  Last year, I spent the entire event on the Webmaker floor, but this time propelled by new questions, ideas and focus  – found myself knee-deep in a variety of spaces. Privacy and the Web I found this to be my strongest focus at Mozfest this year. In my community recently, I’ve been trying to figure out – how to address parent and educator fears about…read more


Open Source Your University

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Sharing my post from Edu Drupal Unconsortium  : “Open Source your University”  , one of a few we’re posting this week in preparation for Higher Ed at BadCamp this weekend .    


Overcoming the Scary Web.

Posted by in Mozilla, remo, Teaching Kids, Webmaker

            The heart of my Mozilla Webmaker contribution,  has a lot to do with being parent to three young girls (3, 8, 10) on the cusp of internet exploration(actually my 10 year old is already on DIY.org regularly) . We want our daughters to grow into independent creative, compassionate, empowered  and responsible people – safely. A daunting task in a world where everyone is connected and digital literacy programs are missing. This weekend, I read this article on childhood viewing of pornography .  It  terrified…read more