MozFest is a unique festival- part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. At the festival we host sessions, designed with participation at the fore and under the overarching theme of Trustworthy AI: AI that is designed with personal agency in mind, emphasizing privacy, transparency, and human well being.
Our 2022 event will open on March 7th for 4 days of online sessions on the festival plaza. A global, rolling schedule designed for you to pick and choose when you can participate in sessions, social moments, enjoy interviews live from The Studio, or watch on-demand talks and discussions at your own pace.
At MozFest we ask the internet health movement to connect, collaborate, and build Trustworthy AI, whether in products, policies, design principles, community resources, or guidelines. Core issues felt across the internet health movement emerge as Spaces, tracks for co-creation and community building, which are hosted by our Wranglers, volunteer curators from across the Internet health movement. The Sessions are where we share our work and exchange thoughts & experiences, through discussions, workshops, art installations, films, or cultural and social moments. On October 11, the Call for Proposals will go live and you are all invited to explore the issues of each Space through the submission of a session that seeks collaboration, engagement and co-building with others across the festival.
Key dates for your calendar
- Call for Proposals: October 11- November 5, 2021
- Early bird tickets: December 8, 2021
- Plaza Open: December 8, 2021
- Schedule Release: February 1, 2022
- MozFest Live Online: March 7-10, 2022
- MozFest House Amsterdam: March 25-27, 2022 [tentative]
- Plaza closes June 25, 2022
We have built MozFest through the learnings of each passing festival and through your feedback. And what has been essential to tackling the issues that impact our lives online is building momentum.
So we want to start gathering folks online from now. Expect Space oriented community calls, topic-focused meetups, and opportunities to connect as facilitators and participants before the live event. We invite you to connect earlier, seek out threads across each other's work, support session development and design to build momentum and participation towards the festival. So when we meet in March, the work has already started.
The plaza will remain open for 90 days after the 10th of March where all ticket holders can access recorded sessions, workshop notes, films, skills shares, and art projects that you might have missed live. The plaza can continue to host new meetups, social events, and provide a space for the community to convene around work and collaborations that began at the festival. We encourage those of you who are thinking about submitting a session to consider this in your proposal and planning.
Many of you know MozFest as a virtual event only. We recognize that in these uncertain times, virtual is the only way for many of us to participate.
We have also heard from folks that they are so eager to connect face to face, and for those who can, we want to experiment with an idea of a live event that can be coordinated and programmed locally; a nodal event model that can grow across the globe and community.
From March 25th- 27th 2022 we are hoping to host an in-person event live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, called MozFest House: Amsterdam. We hosted a version of this in London from 2017-2019, and for 2022 we are reopening MozFest House across Amsterdam in venues that are easily accessible to one another. We are still in pandemic times, and our ability to travel in 2022 is still unclear. We will be adhering to local health guidelines with a local production team on the ground. This event will be a much smaller event with a lower capacity compared to previous London events, or even our virtual event.
We will support partners, allies and friends so they can host sessions, installations, workshops and talks for a local audience. If you want to help build or participate, send us an email at [email protected] as we would love to hear your ideas.
For now Virtual MozFest is the main event and MozFest House is a small experiment, in compliment to our virtual program. Who knows where this new nodal event structure could lead in 2023!
We invite you to join MozFest as we begin planning and strategizing around important issues now, in the lead up to the festival, during the live event, and in the months that follow. Bring your most urgent work and dearest communities, so we can together build a safe, and trustworthy digital world for us all.
Sarah Allen is the Director of MozFest