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MozFest 2012!

This November we flew to London for the Mozilla Festival, a gathering of over 1,000 passionate people that came together “to push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.” Sounds about right!


For Mozilla Festival, Codery built the world’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game. Badge Bingo is an interactive game where Festival attendees used digital badges they earned to connect 5 in a row! Digital badges recognize and connect skills and achievements that happen anytime and anywhere. Digital badges are the foundation of a growing global phenomenon that supports individuals to get recognition for skills and achievements online and out of school. You can learn more and earn your first badge at

256 badges were played including Mozilla’s very first Webmaker badges and a “You Rock! Badge” we built that uses Moo’s NFC (Near Field Communications) cards and can be earned by making a positive impact on someone. In two days, 99 unique badges were played many of which were built as the game was played.

We built Badge Bingo so that a lot of people could easily use and learn about digital badges during a large-scale event. Next week, we’ll dive further into the data the game created to learn how people used badges and what types of badges were created. Following that, Kerri Lemoie, our Chief Web Technologist, will share a blog about how we built Badge Bingo»APIs, Twitter Bootstrap, JSON files and more!


We were fortunate to bring our incredible photographer (and Damian’s amazing wife!). Here’s a slideshow. Check her out at



Today, we send a shout out to just a few of the many, amazing people we met this year. Before the festival began we ran into and went out with Brewster Kahle, founder of who was in town for a meeting of the top open web minds that were gathering to lay out a 10-year strategy to protect the open and free nature of the web. Brewster had a pretty radical idea to share with the group which I am calling the unwebsite. Interested? Yeah, us too. Drop us a line as we’ll be looking to find ways to support the strategy.


Shout out to Mozilla Representative Sayak Sarkar who made a MozReps badge for BadgeBingo during MozFest and also to our unofficial but highly qualified badge Bingo Quality Assurance team Bebef and Jorn Hees. We enjoyed a beer with one of the guys involved with the school Hyper Island, enjoyed a fireside chat with Mark Surman, and were wowed by the amazing facilitation of MozFest by Allen Gunn.


It was a real pleasure to interact with the amazing Mozilla Open Badges team (which in true Mozilla form included a karaoke rendition of some Bon Jovi classics>Video upon request!). Their whole team was inspiring and rocked beautifully bedazzled, “Human API” lab coats the whole conference.  Thank you to Sunny, Emily, Brian, Mike, Carla, Doug, and Chris “Get the F&*! Out” McAvoy.

More soon!

Damian and Kerri

CODERY’S Digital Badges OnRamp

We are asked about digital badges and open badges a lot. And we tend to share everything we know. So, here’s our growing list of resources on the subject. Enjoy!


What’s a digital badge?
Watch the video:
Mozilla Badge Video (5 min)

Here is Mozilla’s Open Badges website
Digital Media Learning Competition Site: If you are thinking about digital badges then check out this link. These were the prompts for the Digital Media Learning Competition that was held March 2012. They’ve got lots of helpful questions like, “will the badge confer opportunities and privileges as it is earned? When the final badge in a series is earned, what new opportunity does it create? 

Digital Badges Links

This links most of Mozilla’s Open Badge information: System Design: what we talk about when we talk about validity"

This wiki speaks to how the different badge roles of issuer, earner and displayer have different technology requirements and what that looks like:

And here are some of the recent Digital Badges Press:

New York Times:

Chronicle for Higher Education 'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas”

Wall Street Journal: Merit Badges for the Job Market

NYT: For Job Hunters, Digital Merit Badges

"Online Learning Portals: Customizing Colleges Right Out of Higher Education?"


I engage with many people interested in badges on a weekly basis. The organizations, companies, individuals expressing interest come from varied practices, disciplines, and sectors.

But frequently I end up pointing them to a similar list of resources to get them acquainted with high level…

Earn the Codery HackBack Badge!!
Get under the hood using Mozilla’s Hackasaurus & Thimble and learn some code this summer by hacking our website:
Happy Summer of Code from Codery!!
Codery Kickoff BBQ and the Codery #HackBack Badges

Welcome to Codery, a new kind of company made up of top coders, open source practitioners and educators with a focus on fostering learning, community, mentorship and making truly excellent and innovative web products.

So how do you launch a web development company that builds killer websites and believes in building a more web literate society??

You throw a party and let guests hack your homepage!!

Using Mozilla’s hackasaurus tool, Codery guests could grab our code, hack it and publish the new page. We’ll be publishing our favorites and delivering Codery Hack Badges soon. 

We are excited to share this work with the broader coder community. Keep in touch here, visit us on our Facebook page and follow us on twitter @GoCodery.

The Codery Team

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