Open Web Camp

The Bay Area's (Almost) Free Web Developer Conference

Who is Molly Holzschlag?

Photo: Molly HolzschlagMolly E. Holzschlag has changed the world in many ways. She is the author of over 30 books on web design, CSS, accessibility, web standards, and more. Molly has helped to establish many of the web standards used today by working with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Standards Project (WaSP). She worked directly with CERN, AOL, Microsoft, BBC, Opera, and Netscape to ensure browsers support modern standards. The San Francisco Chronicle named Molly Holzschlag as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Technology. Molly has changed the world several times over.

Open Web Camp was initially Molly’s idea, and she was actively involved with the first 5 years of Open Web Camp’s life, but that changed two years ago. For the past two years, Molly Holzschlag has been fighting for her very life.
Screen Capture: Go Fund Me page for Molly

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After falling ill (during Open Web Camp V) in 2013, Molly endured two rounds of grueling chemotherapy and is now battling the damage those poisonous chemicals did to her body. While the treatment shows signs of positive improvement, Molly is still quite sick. She is still unable to work and she still needs a great deal of financial support to manage her health and living expenses in 2015 – she needs you, she needs all of us!

Since she is not employed by an insurance providing organization her only options are medicaid or private insurance. She needs our help to continue paying for the insurance that will allow her to receive the treatments she so desperately needs. Additionally, even with a good insurance policy, many of her medications come with thousands of dollars in co-payments and some specialized medications are not covered at all. She is still bedridden and unable to work even a part time job, therefore, she also needs our help to cover her modest daily living expenses. Our help will allow her to concentrate on her medical issues without worrying about her financial situation.
Aaron Gustafson testimonial

Wrapping Up Open Web Camp

Photo: Molly todayOpen Web Camp has always been run as a not-for-profit activity. In years past, we would make donations to various local charities in and around San Jose. Since this will be the final Open Web Camp, all roll-over funds after expenses will be donated to Molly’s Health Fund. We will also be soliciting donations during the day, and we thank you in advance for your contributions, of any size.

Molly’s idea of freely giving to the web-development community was the genesis of Open Web Camp, and now it’s time for us to give back.

We love you Mols, get well.