As of January 1, 2018, stewardship of Hive Chicago will transition from Mozilla to a new local non-profit, the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX). Hive Chicago will have a temporary home at the Chicago Community Trust until the transition to CLX is complete. The Hive is still the Hive. Read more here.

Feb 28 2017

Activating Solutions: Hive Chicago Buzz 2017

#hivebuzz, Hive HQ

Lots of people use the Internet. But not enough people can use it to solve shared problems.

Mozilla Hive Chicago is hosting an event to enable educators to do just that.


Inspired by the annual Mozilla Festival in London, our local Hive Chicago Buzz, March 17-18, 2017, is an event that empowers a network of educators, technologists, and youth advocates to use the tools and practices of the open Internet to create solutions to shared challenges.

The goal of Hive Chicago Buzz 2017 is to:

Empower leaders to activate solutions in education that advance the promise of the Internet for learning.

By “activating solutions” we mean tapping the collective intelligence of our peer professional learning community to turn good ideas into concrete action.

Like MozFest, Hive Chicago Buzz (HCB) is a place where you can come with an idea and leave with a community.

RSVP for day 1 and day 2.

Fueled by Diverse Passions

A network like Hive Chicago is a big place.  Hive members bring many different passions to fuel their engagement in our shared work.

There are members like the IMPACT Family Center and National Veterans Art Museum who share a passion for empowering youth and adults to use art and digital media as tools for coping with violence.  With Hive support, they have created a community of veterans familiar with wartime PTSD and Chicago teens suffering from the trauma related to violence in their communities.  Using digital technology and art, they have empowered youth to record and amplify their own stories.  

Their collaboration could hardly be more timely.



Other Hive members, like Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships, are passionate about providing teens with opportunities for interest-driven learning in formal and informal spaces.  With 2011-2014 support from the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust, Hive helped Northwestern incubate FUSE, a K-12 challenge-based approach to STEAM learning in a studio-like environment.  FUSE has now served more than 20,000 youth and has received widespread adoption in after-school and classroom settings throughout the US and beyond.


From Idea to Action

The unique passions of our members are powerful motivators, but passions alone do not produce solutions.

Moving from big ideas to focussed action requires intentional collaboration and open innovation.  

That’s why we are hosting the third annual Hive Chicago Buzz (HCB17).

The two-day event includes a celebration and “science fair” showcase on day 1, followed by a hack day of skillshares and working groups on day 2.

RSVP for day 1 and day 2.

Who should attend?


Hive Chicago Buzz is for those who want to use the Internet and digital technology to create more connected learning opportunities for teens, and peer learning resources for the adults who serve them. 

We also welcome to HCB17 anyone interested in driving improvement in education through open innovation, and who want to ensure that a healthy Internet continues to make that possible.


Why Mozilla Cares

Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

Like a network, the Internet is a big place.  More and more people rely on it as a platform for social change, whether to make learning more connected, to make public knowledge more shareable, or to make transformational opportunities more accessible.

Given the growing number of people using the Internet to improve their lives, a healthy society needs a healthy Internet. That’s why Mozilla cares.


Quoting Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker:


See we’re making an argument that, whatever your passion for social change, you likely can’t achieve it without a relying on a healthy Internet.

So whether you actively integrate web literacy in your programs for youth or whether your passions for social good have no obvious connection to the issues impacting Internet health, Hive Chicago Buzz is also an opportunity for you to dip your toe in the water and to explore how your work can be enriched through thoughtful integration of the web and digital technologies for the benefit of the teens you serve.


How to Engage

If you’re in Chicago, we invite you to attend the event at the Bridgeport Art Center, March 17 and 18, 2017.  

RSVP for day 1 and day 2.

Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft


There are multiple ways to explore the event from near or far.

  • If you’re attending:
    • Explore projects from Hive members and partners in a science fair format at Friday’s celebration and hear about the launch of the next request for proposals (RFP) from the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning, a valuable resource for supporting collaborative Hive Projects.
    • Create new collaborations through Saturday skillshares and “hack” initial plans and prototypes during the working groups which are the main event of the weekend.
    • Share your progress at Saturday afternoon shareouts, on social media with the #hivebuzz hashtag, and at Hive’s monthly meetups.
  • Whether you’re local or remote:
    • Check out the HCB schedule app, which includes the Friday, March 17 “science fair” exhibits and the Saturday, March 18 skillshares and working group sessions.
    • Check out our Moonshot working groups which is how we organize ourselves around shared issues.
    • Explore the Web Literacy Map of competencies organized around the 21st Century skills of Problem-Solving, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration.
    • Read the Internet Health Report, an open-source project where you can tell us how these issue impact your work.
    • Read highlights from past events HCB15 and HCB16.

We hope to see you soon!

RSVP for day 1 and day 2.


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