Open Source, Open Data, Open Learning: Supporting a More Open Web

Posted by Keith Loo
Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada

A few years ago, Microsoft Canada began hosting a series of events called Make Web Not War (MWNW). The concept was to assemble a group of thought leaders working with the latest technologies, open source or proprietary, and get everyone to work together.

During MWNW Community Nights, there was no discussion of which technologies were better, but instead, there was a purposeful focus on taking these technologies, including PHP, Python, .NET, Java, and HTML, mashing them together, and doing interesting and powerful things with them.

Since our first events, MWNW has continued to evolve and grow as we’ve traveled the country looking for awesome developers, communities, and projects to work with – all in the hopes of building a better and more open web.

One ideal that was of particular interest to the MWNW team was the importance of open data. If knowledge is power then open data is one of the most empowering initiatives that our team could champion.

In order to truly serve and support open source and open data communities across Canada, rather than just select thousands through events, today we’re launching our new Make Web Not War online community.

MWNW will be an online community that is run by community leaders, supported by technology experts, and powered by Microsoft. It will not only be about supporting badass hackathons and crazy technical contraptions, but also serve as a resource that communities can use to foster experimentation, learning, and technical discourse for a better and more open web.

The door is always open to our new online home – check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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