International Space Apps Challenge

Mozbus will participate International Space Apps Challenge Tokyo on April 12th, 2014.  This time, Mozbus will be a mobile digital fabrication base for Hackathon participants.

Mozbus will be equipped with 3D printer, stiker cutter and “Suitcase Fablab” developped by Hiroya Tanaka Lab of Keio University SFC.  It is a set of digital fabrication tools stored in a single suitcase for portability.

Event informationName: International Space Apps Challenge Tokyo Hackathon
Date: April 12-13, 2014(Mozbus will only participate on 12th)
Place: University of Tokyo KOMABA research campus

Workshop at Otuchi High School

On Feb 24th, Mozbus visited Otsuchi High School in town of Otsuchi Iwate Prefecture.  At the high school, Moilla Japan team provided a workshop to 1st and 2nd grade students.  It is about “Digital Fabrication” from Mozilla Factory’s activity.  Students learned about that Web can share digital information for real objects.

At first, Prof. Hideki Sunahara, Graduate school of media design Keio university,  gave a lecture.  He is also a board member of Mozilla Japan.  He talked about (1) digital and analog, (2) Processing, copy, and sharing of information on the cyber space, (3) Collaboration between the cyber space and the real space.


Then, Mozbus team demonstrated 3D printer and cutting sheet cutter.  We showed that 3D printer, for example, can outputs digital data on the cyber space to the real space.  Then we showed students how to make a 3D CAD data for 3D printer, difference between the several 3D printer materials like PLA and ABS, basic skills to operates the printer.  

After the 3D printer demonstration, students make their original sticker.
They made own character or design on their PCs, then printed out from the cutter.  Not only that, the share their data on the Web to share with others in the classroom.  From this activity, they learned that sharing and remix from fun way.  Also, we introduced about copy rights and creative commons, to understand correct usage of digital data on the Web.  This is a one of the sticker made by a student.

The workshop is the first case for Mozbus to provide digital fabrication
workshop. We will continue to develop workshops on Mozbus.

Race for Resilience

MozBus will participate Race for Resilience next week (Feb 8th and 9th).  This event is a Japanese version of Code for Resilience by World Bank.  It is a hackason style event which uses IT to reduce and prevent disaster (In Japanese BOSAI).

MozBus will be a mobile digital fablication space for the participants during the event.   Participants can use MozBus’s 3D printer and other equipment during the hackason.  We are expecting a lot of new usage of Mozbus which can deliver the Web to anywhere, any time, any circumstances.

Started MozBus: a nomadic Web factory.

MozBus concept art

On Sep.19, Mozilla Japan announced the start of the Mozilla Bus (MozBus) project under Mozilla Factory with mentors from corporations and organizations from various fields.

The objectives for the project are as follows:

  • Deliver the Web to all people (any time, anywhere, in any circumstances)
  • Research the use of the Web as a component of disaster prevention infrastructure
    • In the case of a disaster, using its on-board network
    • This will be expanded into an Asia-wide disaster prevention project infrastructure, MozBus can become a network and information hub
  • Conduct roving workshops
    • Teach the Web using Webmaker
    • Conduct Web and fabrication (laser cutters etc.) workshops
  • Produce materials for teaching IT skills
  • Explore new possibilities for using, experiencing and building the Web

In order to achieve the above objectives, together with corporations and organizations from various fields, we launched the MozBus project to perform research and conduct the above activities.

So that the bus can always be used regardless of location or circumstances, it is equipped with a generator, networking facilities, computers, and other necessary equipment. Furthermore, we have reduced the requirements needed to run Webmaker and other Web and fabrication workshops down to a bare minimum.

Along with conducting the roving workshops, we also expect to perform various research activities and experiments as open projects.

The results of such projects will be shared openly in a manner that allows them to be re-used.

In order to maintain fairness and openness, these projects will be conducted under the umbrella of Mozilla Factory.

The costs and equipment required for management and research will be covered using support from corporations who sponsor and participate in the projects.

Already, university organizations as well as research institutions and corporations have begun to participate in MozBus including the following (as of September 19, 2013):

  • Keio University SFC
  • OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan
  • The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  • Cisco Systems

The design of the MozBus was created by the Mozilla Factory community.

We hope, through MozBus, to provide opportunities for everyone to experience and understand the Web, and to explore new possibilities for the shape of the Web to come!